My Mom was a Mom. She made our clothes, she kept a garden to feed us in cold winter months when nothing grew, she hoed in the fields, she gave us perms (even though mine always frizzed, it looked better than a straight board), she had cookies waiting when we got off the school bus from school, she helped with lessons by lamplight and saved her egg money to give us piano lessons.
I do not remember her saying “I love you” that was a given. I do not remember hugs; I remember being switched when I misbehaved, which was a whole lot. I had to do chores, i.e. like slop the pigs, bring in the eggs from the chicken boxes, go get the lead cow to bring the cows home, bring in the wood for the stove, help with the dishes after supper, as we called it back then; no fancy breakfast, lunch and dinner. I am always confused when I come back what meal I am eating.
While we were at school she did things like quilt and make dolls. I have one doll that was my only Christmas present when Daddy was in service and we had no money. He made the little red chair she sat in and mother made the doll. My first (above) who is now 74 years old.
She had an eighth grade education until I graduated from college and then she went and took her GED test, passed and enrolled in LPN school becoming a nurse and then a surgical nurse. She worked for 23 years in the same hospital, Durant Community Hospital. She was very proud to be a nurse and we were very proud to see her in that starched white uniform, cap, white stockings and sensible white, very clean, white shoes.
Somewhere in those years she began to make dolls. Her dolls show up in many places and I always know that my mom made those dolls. She never charged much for her dolls and they were so perfectly made just as my clothes were as I was growing up. Mother did not do things half way.
Hopefully I can find the doll pictures and one of my mom…..when I get home I shall hang them up.
Now for one of my Mom. She died in 1995 before her two sons died in 1996. She was lucky to die before them. I hope she is having a lovely dinner with them today in her garden.