Monday, February 26, 2007

Time to Remember

Here we are going over the scrapbooks together.
Mom seems to thoroughly enjoy seeing the old photos and the longer we go at it, the more things she seems to remember. I am so thankful for
this time we have together!
My Mom, Vera, has just celebrated her 85th birthday. She has "normal" memory capacity for a woman of her age. However, we notice at times, that her memory is more challenged. I am realizing it is important to record her stories and timeline now. So, with old scrapbooks in tow, and with the help of Wes asking a lot of questions, I am finding out more about the young years of my mother. What a blessing...and a hoot of laughter at times when I hear the stories of my Mom pre-marriage! She thought her little hometown of Marquette was too boring, and left for Salina, then Topeka for the taste of "Big City" life. She shared an apartment with Luella and outgoing twins, Vivian and Virginia, and they got in trouble for entertaining young men in their apartment at night. She had more beaus than I thought she did, which I guess is why we call her a "man magnet" now after having been courted by Bob in Colorado and now being escorted to Sunday night Vesper services with cute 92 year old Clarence!
Oh, and here's what she had to say about the Oscars when we asked her if she would be watching the TV after we left: "You mean that show with all the exposed breasts?"


cellothug said...

What a hoot! It's always fun to hear what is going on with the Illinios family members! I will have to ask her about the wild days next time I'm out.

Jed and Anne said...

Mom, this is a great post. It actually looks like it could be one from a real live published boook. Grandma looks so cute poring over those scrapbooks-how sweet she is! I loved her quote about the Oscars too, what a hoot!