The Legend of the Rolling Pin by Rita Lou Spriggs

The-Legend-of-the-Rolling-Pin-by-Rita-Lou-SpriggsI’ve shared a lot about the heritage of my family in the past few days, now I’d like to share one more thing… The following is a poem written for Ruth and Clifford Pence by their daughter Rita Lou. I don’t think I need to give you much of a background here, I think Rita Lou says it all…enjoy.


Mother and Dad Married in 1929 on a beautiful summer’s day…and embarked on a journey filled with love that would never fade away.

Money was scarce, and times were hard,  though everyone wished them well…Their only wedding gift was a rolling pin which has its own story to tell.

Mother spoke often of the rolling pin that she treasured for 65 years…she used it thousands of times, you see through times of laughter, joy, heartache and tears.

Rolling out dough may seem a bit dull but she perfected it to an art…Her biscuits and pie dough were rolled out just right, then baked with love from my Mother’s heart.

We would brag about those biscuits and pies, pride showed in her loving face…She would fly about that kitchen serving her feasts and she did it with style and grace.

The rolling pin became a true legend as she rolled out dough galore…her baked goods brought raves from family and friends who returned for seconds and more.

I’d hear her singing as she rolled out the dough “Whisper a prayer in the morning, whisper a prayer at noon, whisper a prayer in the evening, it will keep your heart in tune.”

she whispered those prayers daily through the years and they kept her heart in tune…so her spirit remained strong as her body grew frail and she had to leave us all too soon.

Now I’m left alone with the old rolling pin that has come to mean so much…I’ve learned the secret to success, it had my Mother’s loving touch.

I proudly display Mother’s rolling pin, it is a priceless treasure…I’ve found that my finest gifts in life, Money could never measure.

Written by Rita Lou Spriggs, the daughter of Ruth & Clifford Pence

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About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.


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