My mom made the best apple dumplings. You really haven’t lived until you’ve eaten one of her dumplings.

Shortly after Mom passed away, we found an apple pie and a few apple dumplings in her freezer. It made my sister Lindy and me cry.

We all missed mom terribly. But to taste her cooking, and love, a few months after she was gone, was a vivid and sweet memory of her.

You know apples are so good for you. Let me give you a few tips about apples.

Store apples in the fridge. They will remain fresh and crisp for a month or so.

If you need to slice them, dip the apple slices in lemon juice so they look good.

When eaten, apples add the good bacteria to your lower digestive tract. They are amazing and full of fiber, Vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants. I’ve also read that apples are full of boron, which increases mental alertness.

Guess my friends and I need to be chomping on some apples, real soon. I wonder if that is why we are supposed to give teachers an apple.

In addition, there are 7,500 varieties of apples in the world! Think about this. If you tried a new type of apple every day, it would take you 20 years to taste them all

As of late, Red Delicious and Gala have topped the list of the favorites.

Let’s think about Johnny Appleseed. We just passed his birthday on Sept. 26, 1774. I’ve also read that the one tree he planted is still standing in Nova, Ohio. His 185-year-old tree still grows tart green apples today.

Oh there is so much we could discuss about apples, but the time is short.

I remember my kids sneaking food into their bedrooms at night. I don’t know how they did it, as I was in the kitchen but they did it.

So I blocked the fridge, by barricading the fridge doors with chairs. It was the only thing that worked with the little varmints.

So I wasn’t too mean, to my starving children – who had a great meal every evening, but chose not to eat dinner, when they should have been eating dinner, because they had snacks when they came home from school – whew!

I placed apples on the counter at night. Then if they needed food, they could take an apple to bed.

One of my sweetest memories was my youngest Jeremy.

When they were asleep and I went into tuck the boys into bed (all four slept in the same room), I noticed Jeremy had a few of the apples in his bed with him.

Only one had a bite, the apple in his hand. Wish I had a cell phone back then, as it was a cute picture. He was sound asleep with one bite out of a red delicious in his hand, and a small piece of the apple skin, hanging out of his mouth.

Yes children, and grandchildren, an apple is not only a computer.

And Jeremy, just wait until Addie can get out of her crib. She will have more than apples with her. She’s a mover and shaker, just like you.

May I end with a quote by Robert Schuller?

“Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.”

Diane Mack is coordinator of Putting Families First, Jackson County's Family Week Foundation. Email her at