Autry and Roy Rogers being favorites. Movie star cowboys wore fancy clothes. Mother made me a fancy western shirt with hand-embroidered flowers all over it. Sounds a little gaudy, but it was not; Mom didn't like anything too flashy. I wore that shirt in several early school pictures. I remember Mom made Barbara Jean plaid dresses with a lot of lace at the seams. She also polished our shoes like she did Dad's. She demanded we respect people in responsible positions. It worked on us kids but her tidiness left me being pretty sloppy. I had not learned to pick up after myself.
Now about the title: Dad built the family a new house in 1950. A feature is the picture window that looks over Harding Road and across the hollow to the Teske Orchard. The picture window was a favorite vantage point to check the weather, observe local traffic, and check on pedestrians going up or down the road. We were among the first to see emergency vehicles headed toward Luster's Gate, and a few phone calls generally yielded a report as to how far the vehicle went and why. Mother was home the most, so she used the window most. After she needed to lead a less active life, she has generally been at the window in daylight hours except for meal times. She and undertaker Kenneth McCoy like to kid each other. He told her he wanted a picture of her at the window with a phone in her hand for her obituary !
Mother told me one time that the two things she liked to do best were writing notes and cleaning house. When I married and left home long-distance phone calls were expensive and we didn't have a phone in Oklahoma so correspondence was mostly by USPS. I think mother wrote us a letter every Sunday afternoon. I wish I had kept them all or at least a sample. Her notes were fun to read. If she had a thought on a subject other than what she was writing about, she would just insert the thought. It thrilled her the year we got postage stamps with her picture on them-but she wanted to keep them all!
Mom has always had an open ear for almost anyone. She listened to people who had few friends and many complaints. This endeared her to people that otherwise felt neglected.
In speaking about the laundry - I remember Grandma stating that when she turned 40, as a birthday gift to herself, she gave up ironing my grandfather's underwear. Also, I remember as a grandchild visiting, our shoes were shined as well.
Another memory is Grandma singing as she did her housework, an indication of her general joy of life.
What a wonderful tribute to your Mother! I remember Barbara Jean's beautiful starched dresses. And I have seen Aunt Jean in the window many times.
Grandma's giggle is infectious! After visiting there last month, my boys said, "Great Grandma is kind of like a five year old. Everything we say makes her laugh!" They were not being disrespectful in saying this, they were merely appreciating her joy in life!
Curtis, This just whets my appetite for more! What a wonderful tribute to your Mother.
Of course you didn't mention this
but she did rear an amazing son &
daughter! Its no wonder she still has a happy spirit-that's just the way I think of her. She & Uncle Bill are the greatest.I always think of her when I see pansies in bloom - her sweet face.
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