Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along – cue the Mission Impossible music!):
1) Sunday is Mother’s Day in the USA, and usually a time for memories and gratitude to our special birth person.
2) For this week’s SNGF, tell us some things about your mother that are special and memorable to you.
This post is a hard one, particularly since I’ve never thought about this before. However, looking back I can describe some special memories.
One of those special memories is of mom playing the piano. She didn’t play often, likely because she didn’t have time to sit down at the piano. Mom had the ability to play the melody with the right hand and just play chords with her right hand. Thus, she could pick up a piece of music and play it beautifully. Christmastime usually included some evening where mom would sit down and play various hymns and carols.
Christmas brings another special ‘mom’ memory. For many years, mom would spend evenings in December making candy. I remember her making fudge, divinity, nougat, peanut brittle, pralines, stuffed dates and caramel pecan roll. This candy was then packaged as gifts. Some would be sent to the homes of her siblings while other packages were shared with neighbors and likely co-workers.
Another special memory is how mom and dad opened their home to my cousin. My cousin’s father was working in Nigeria. While the family had been living in Nigeria, my cousin had reached the age where she had to either go to a boarding school or return to the United States to attend school. My cousin lived with us for a couple of years. My parents weathered the storms of two teenage girls used to being the only girl now thrown into having to share their ‘space’. Even after my cousin’s family was reunited when her parents moved back to Kansas, mom and dad stayed close to her, celebrating her life achievements.
Besides helping me learn to cook, mom was insistent that I acquire two other skills: Typing and sewing. Even though I had taken typing as a 9th grader, mom felt like I needed to improve my skills. Thus, I took a typing class during the summer while in high school. Like the typing issue, mom wanted me to improve my sewing schools. Thus, we took an evening class in tailoring together. Although I don’t sew my own clothes any more, I still use those typing skills — every day!
So how about you? What are some of your ‘mom’ memories?