I am reminded almost daily of how wonderful and loving a woman she was. She was born on a farm and had graduated the equivalent of Grade 12 at a very young age. Of course school was a lot different back then. She continued her education on a daily basis from that point on. Reading brought her not only delight but also much wisdom and learning. For as long as I can remember she was always engrossed in a book, when she was not busy with household or other work. That was her way of relaxing whenever the world got too much. She read at least one or two books a week. Thank goodness for libraries.
She could have been a graduate of a refinement school. People she met always respected her and she could speak on any topic that was raised.. I am so grateful that even though her life was so filled with raising children and working to make ends meet, she always took a little time for herself. And that was not easy with 10 children.
I honestly never remember anyone not liking my ‘Mom’. I guess that was my goal in life…but alas I met lots of people who didn’t really like me. I would suppose she did too, but I just never knew.
It is folly to hope that everyone will like you. Personalities differ and clash no matter what. It took me a long time to realize this and I often tried too hard to make everyone my friend. Finally I recognized that you can’t try…it either happens or it doesn’t.
My mother instilled in me and her other children a respect for other people…almost to a fault, as I used to say sometimes…if she bumped into a pole by mistake she would most likely apologize..without thinking. That was not said in a mean way, just that she automatically apologized to people. Note this picture here is one taken when I would have been only 8 or so . (The picture was copied in 1965)
I once thought someday I’d write a book about her. I thought I would call it “The age of Grace”. Because that’s how I remember her…full of grace and love.
In her final years, while she lost the ability to walk and to talk, she still was the lady she always was…and I miss and love her and always will and we will see each other some day, of that I am sure.