Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Memories of Mom on Her Birthday

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Memories of Mom on Her Birthday

Article excerpt

HI MOM.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

When I looked on the calendar and found that your birthday fell on the day my column runs, I decided to write my column about you. So sit back, and I hope you enjoy because I'm going to talk about how great you are. I think my earliest memory of you, Mom, was when you slipped on the ice on the front steps and couldn't get up. I was three and you had me go to a neighbor's house to get help. It was you and me in that little house; Dad was away in the war. I remember loving you so hard. I remember the day you enrolled me in kindergarten, and I got sick, and you carried me four blocks because I couldn't walk. You were so worried.

Remember when I would come home for lunch when I was in grade school and we'd sit at the table and eat soup? We'd listen to "Rex Davis and The News" and then that radio soap opera that started with, "Can a girl from a small mining town in West Virginia. . .?" I loved coming home for lunch and being with you.

I remember, too, that every day about four o'clock you'd go wash up and put on make-up because Dad was coming home. I used to secretly admire you as I watched you put on your lipstick. You were so pretty. You still are beautiful, Mom.

I remember one night I was not a very good girl and you told me that when the ice cream man came, I was not going to get an ice cream. I was sure you were going to change your mind. You went out to that little truck and got everyone a drumstick but me. I was sO sad when you didn't get me one. I knew then I'd better behave. Thanks, Mom, for having the courage to discipline me. I remember all the times you took me to swim practice, and all the malts we drank afterwards. Mom, do you know how many fat grams are in those malts? They were sure good, weren't they?

Remember all the meals you prepared? Pork chops with sweet potatoes and applesauce and peas. …

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