My mom who had a pet turtle when she was little and smoked a cigar (that made her sick) when she was 15. My mom who was head majorette and played the clarinet in high school. My mom, who competed in the Miss Crawford County pageant and moved to California with her high school English teacher until her high school sweetheart called her up after two tours in Vietnam and said, "Hey Bonnie, I always thought we'd get married. Can I come pick you up?" My mom worked in a realtor's office while she was a new wife and mom and made a little house-trailer home. She sewed and painted and gardened and canned and decorated and made-do, long before there was any popularity (or Etsy paycheck) for that. She birthed four babies, used cloth diapers and made them all hot breakfasts and packed their lunches and cooked locally grown suppers for them every day. She crocheted blankets for all of her kids. She sewed their clothes -even my underwear, much to my extreme second grade chagrin - and brought us home-baked snacks like apple crisp on a big black tole tray while we watched tv. And I forgot to mention that she used a wringer to save water and hung all our clothes on the clothes line to save electricity.
Her sewing room moved from her bedroom to the basement to the garage, producing curtains, upholstery, stuffed animals, wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses and rag dolls, and literally hundreds of dresses which her three daughters wore to private school each day. Every baby she knew got a set of her home-made sleepers. She sewed reproduction clothing for antique porcelain dolls for years to make extra money....clothing that was tiny and intricate and usually from patterns she made up herself. She made curtains for our tree house.
She made choke-cherry jam and raspberry jam and peach jam and sometimes, grape. She canned peaches and pears and tomato juice and green beans and kidney beans and dilly beans and pickled beets and froze corn, peppers and peas and carrots, cauliflower and broccoli. And rhubarb, blueberries and raspberries. After she harvested it all herself. And not just a few quarts, but enough food to last the whole of November to April, Pennsylvania winters. Every year. I never had spaghetti sauce from a can til I was married. She could buy groceries for 6 people with 40 dollars. She didn't use coupons because she was better than coupons.
|She made all of these outfits....|
Are you getting what I'm saying here? I think it's pretty obvious.
My Mom is the Chuck Norris of homemaking.
Happy Birthday, Mom.
You kick ass.