Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Today Is the Anniversary of My Mother's Death

My mother and me
Today is the anniversary of my mother's death - April 6. There is not a year that goes by that I don't recall the events of that day. For many years, this was really hard on me. But as years have gone by and I have had kids of my own, and now grandkids, the difficulty has left me.

I didn't know my mother very well. She died when I was 14. Times were different then, or at least it seems so to me. My parents didn't read to us. They didn't take us to museums. Both my mother and dad worked outside the house, and then when they were home, they were busy with the garden, canning, washing, ironing, sewing, woodworking, etc. I don't recall ever seeing my parents go for a walk, or dance, or go to a movie. Our social life was going to church and having church friends or neighbors over. Vacations were primarily to see relatives—which I enjoyed a lot.