Let’s Talk with Maggie Toussaint

History, Mom, and Seafood
By Maggie Toussaint

Some days are more monumental than others. For instance, May 13 is the 133rd day of the calendar year. 232 days remain. How is that possible? This year is going by at record speed. If I blink my eyes it might suddenly be November!

Looking at history, numerous Preakness and Kentucky Derby (horse races) occurred on May 13. Baseball greats Willie Mays, Darryl Spencer, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Reggie Jackson, and more set records on this day in various years. In 1934, the great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies, and a major earthquake hit Greece in 1995. Leaders came and went, awards were given. In 1996 O.J. Simpson appeared on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict.

My mom with me

However, the date of May 14 has always been more auspicious in my life as that was my mom’s birthday. She never wanted a big fuss, and she loved hearing from her children on her special day. I think of her on her birthday, and other days of course. She was a Force of Nature.

Mom got things done in the community for whites and blacks alike. Once when I couldn’t get a tree trimmer’s attention, she called his mom, and he arrived in ten minutes. True story. She started an awareness campaign of a business wanting to locate a sawmill in a historically black community and helped get that stopped.

Mom loved to read

She raised us to be strong, educated, kind hearted, and aware. One of her granddaughters came fully endowed with her personality, and it’s a joy to watch her navigate life.

In essence, we are who we are, and we do what we can. None of us may end up as legends or even a notable event in history trivia. Heck, Mom would say she wasn’t a legend, though she was to us, and I suspect your mom was/is to you.

Low Country Boil

As for seafood, it has always been a part of my coastal life as a shrimper’s daughter, and now I’ve created a 3-book series featuring coastal life and recipes. The deaths are fictional, with challenging clues parsed out along the way. I love to keep readers guessing! I hope you’ll check out all 3 Seafood Caper Mysteries.

Share a kindness about your mother for a chance to win my latest book, SHRIMPLY DEAD in ebook or print. (Print book winners must have a US mailing address). The winner will be announced on May 20.

While you’re here, enter our group’s monthly giveaway which runs through May 18. The winner will be announced on May 19. CLICK HERE.