A Day in the Life of Two Old(er) People: Memories of Mom
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Today the sun was shining, the sky was a brilliant blue, the birds were singing and the snow is melting! Just a gorgeous Iowa Saturday. Today is also my Mom's birthday--she's been gone 5 years now, but is always in my heart and memories. She would have been 99 today. She grew up during the depression and I know that for her, as with so many of that era, among other things, she learned the value of hard work, kindness and persistence. She certainly taught me many lessons.
Living through the depression meant that she and her family did without many things, of course, and I know that some people in their later years became hoarders or started keeping an extraordinary supply of food or clothing, etc. Mom's only weakness seemed to be white slacks. Why? Beats me!! When she moved from her home to the retirement apartment at age 80, we sorted through 22 white pants!!! Oh my gosh! LOL! We had quite a fun discussion about that. She patiently told me that she had dress slacks, "knock around" slacks, every day slacks, slacks that used to fit, slacks that aren't quite white anymore, and slacks that are out of style, among other things. We sorted and donated and kept a few. When she died at nearly 94, she was back up to 10 white slacks that I sorted out of her closet. She dearly loved those white pants!! I sure miss her and her loving ways.
Here's a photo of Mom about the time she and dad were married in the early 40s. I think she's beautiful.