Posts Tagged ‘Patty Jo Penrod’

By Shannon Penrod

Penrod Family

I think it’s important to celebrate the life of a person when they are gone.  People are remembered for their work, for the joy the brought their friend

s and love ones and for the memories they left behind.  My mom, Patty Penrod, left this planet a year ago today, but she left a legacy of love and laughter that will live on and on.  Today to celebrate her life, I offer one of her prize recipes.  This is one of those no fail dishes that is inexpensive, delicious and will please kids, teenagers and adults alike.  It’s great to make for potluck because it travels well, its a great staple for a Holiday

dinner and it perfection on a cold night when you want comfort food.  YUMMY!  *** The big disclaimer here is this is not a gluten free or even vegetarian dish (check the ingredients on the Jiffy mix box) so for those of you who look to me for GFCF recipes – THIS ISN’T!  For the rest of you, ENJOY! and keep my mom in your heart!


Patty Penrod’s Scalloped Corn


1 large onion – diced finely

2 boxes of JIFFY brand cornbread muffin mix

3 eggs

1 stick of butter, melted

2 cans of whole kernel corn – do not drain

2 cans of creamed corn

16 oz. of sour cream

Mix all the ingredients well.

Pour into a large buttered baking dish (a lasagna pan is perfect).

Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Eat it hot, eat it cold, reheat it…it’s all good!


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by Shannon Penrod

It’s Mother’s Day and now that I am a Mom I have begun to fully appreciate what a great Mom I have.  I know, everyone thinks their Mom is great, especially on Mother’s Day, but my Mom “wins”, because my Mom is a Super Hero.  You might think I’m kidding but I’m not.  My mother was born with two club feet, for most people this would be a devastating disability, for my  Mom it meant that she wore braces on her legs while playing Varsity Basketball and being a cheerleader.  It also meant that she had surgery after surgery.  All my memories of her when I was little are of her with a cast on and using either a wheelchair or a pair of crutches.  It never slowed my Mom down.  She had three kids, she worked as a nurse and later as a school bus driver.  She also co-owned a yarn shop, became the president of her union and managed a New York State Championship Softball team.  Disability was never a term that was used in our family.  My Mom was anything but disabled.  She was and is a super hero.

When I was five I remember sitting outside on a summer day.  My Mom was on crutches.  I remember hearing a lot of screaming and shouting.  I remember distinctly hearing someone cry “Help!”.  My mother sprang up on her crutches and began motoring toward the pleas for help.  They seemed to be coming from the back yard of a house across the street and halfway down the block. My Mom was making good time on her crutches and then she ran into a waist-high hedge.  Without missing a beat my Mom used her crutches to pole vault over the hedge.  She made it to the back yard in time to give mouth to mouth resuscitation to a baby that had fallen into a pool during a birthday party.  The neighborhood was full of able-bodied men and women but it was my mother who saved that baby.  She didn’t stop to find a phone booth and don a pair of shiny tights, but she was still a super hero.

Over the years my mother has continued to pull off super human feats, some of them I noticed as super hero acts, others I admit got by me.  Now that I am the mom I am able to recognize these fearless acts for what they were – amazing.  I thought that making Christmas magical with no money was something that just happened, now I understand that it takes a super hero.  I thought that being happily married for 30 years was an accomplishment, I had no idea it was the result of super human strength. Now I finally get it and my respect for my mother never ceases to grow.

Everyone who knows my Mom loves her.  She is an incredibly loyal friend who would and has given the shirt off of her back when she thought that someone needed it.  Maya Angelou says that courage is being willing to do what’s right even when it’s not easy.  Man, does that describe my mother!  My Mom is the woman in a crowd who will intervene when a screaming child is being dragged by a parent to a car.  I can’t tell you the number of times I have watched embarrassed parents have to prove to the police that their child is in fact their child and not someone they are abducting.  There is never a dull moment with my Mom.

Over the years my mom has taught me many things, too numerous to mention but some of the highlights are to treat everyone with dignity, especially children and the elderly and to accept people who are different than me because I cannot know what it is like to walk in their shoes.  My Mom has taught me that there is nothing I can’t do if I put my mind to it.  Most importantly my Mom has always taught me that laughter is one of the greatest gifts you can give.

I’m not a super hero like my Mom.  I’m not able to leap small buildings even without crutches.  But I am able to be a good Mom because of the lessons my mother taught me.  My father may have taught me to edit, but my mother taught me how to handle being differently abled.  I can’t imagine how much harder parenting a special needs child would have been without her tutelage. Life is short, and while I hope I have my mother for a long time I am aware that the odds are not necessarily with us.  While she is here I would like her to know, and the world as well, that she is my hero, my personal Mom Super Hero, and that I am so grateful to have her as my mother.

Thank you Mom for all the love, the laughter and the lessons.  They will live in my forever.  I love you!  Happy Mother’s Day!

Shannon Penrod is the host of Everyday Autism Miracles of the Her Insight Network.  Everyday Autism Miracles airs every Friday at 2pm EST and 11am PST.  Free podcasts of the show can be downloaded here, or you can subscribe to the free podcast on iTunes,

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