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Happy Mother's Day


Thinking of my mother, who has long since passed away, I have a million memories, but one in particular is on my mind today.

I grew up in the "Leave it to Beaver" era. My mother was a housewife. I can hardly picture her without her wearing an apron. It may be hard for a lot of you to understand, but this was post WW II. People thought that "Rosie the Riveter" would go back home & let the returning G.I.'s take over the jobs.

In other words, it was the start of the women's movement. Noone really recognized it as such then, and today's modern young woman takes for granted, or does not even think about, the freedom and equality she so rightly deserves today.

on this memorable day our family, mom, dad, my two older sisters ad I, had walked to Lake Phalen to picnic and enjoy the 4th of July fireworks. There were a number of games going on. My sisters and I participated in the three-legged sack race, etc., and we all ran in the boys and girls races.

Then there came over the loud speakers an announcement that there would next be a race for mothers only. To my amazement, my mother jumped to her feet, threw off her shoes, and ran off in her dress, saying "That's for me!" I was stunned and mortified. I tried to sink unobtrusively into the picnic blanket.

I watched as she lined up on the starting line, and as the race began, she threw herself headlong down the field, arms and legs flailing in a most undignified way. I can't remember what place mom finished in; I just know that she didn't win.

As mom came walking back to our picnic blanket, I could see that she was perspiring. Oh, will the humiliation never cease? And then I looked at her face, and into her eyes. I saw excitement, and exhilaration, and pride, and a special light in her eyes.

Looking back, it was then that I started to recognize my mom as a person unto her own. My love for her swelled with a new understanding and respect. I miss you, mom.



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