Along with the Christening dress, also in my home are three oil paintings she did. One still life and the two portraits of each our kids she painted when they were young. One of the biggest thrills for me having our home featured in both Country Sampler and Mercantile Gatherings this year is that her primitive portraits were featured in both publications.
She deserves the spotlight for sure. In addition to being a talented artist, several family members are the lucky recipients of the quilts she made - including the one she made for Jay's crib and Jen's bed.
When there was a bake sale at school, no plain old brownies for my mom -no way! She baked whoopie pies - dozens and dozens of the best ones you have ever tasted. At Christmas time she made cookies that were works of art and so many different ones. In the summer she would make pickles and relishes and jams and jellies from the fruits and veggies in season or the ones she grew in her own backyard. I remember eating watermelon so she could pickle the rind. My mouth is watering now thinking of them. When we had lamb, we had homemade mint jelly to go with it - are you getting the idea? I cannot think of anything my mom couldn't and didn't do. She actually went to Girl's Trade School at night and learned just about every trade they offered. I think they finally said "Beverly, we have nothing left to teach you. Go forth and share it with the world". My prim peeps will appreciate this. My mom would take panels of copper and punch colonial designs in them and use hard boiled egg yolks to age them. The sulphur would give the copper a great patina. She would buy old dressers and bureaus at flea markets and yard sales and painted and antique them. See gals, she was colonial long before anyone one else was.
When my kids (and eventually each of the other grandchildren) were born, she started doing fun things for and with them. For a time, she and my dad lived on Cape Cod and every holiday - not just Christmas, but Easter, Halloween, you name it, she would make cassette tapes for the kids and mail them to us. She would read the holiday stories from the magazines she bought, and she play songs on the piano and sing to the kids on the tape. We still have those tapes. Yes, she also plays the piano - very well and her voice is as sweet and strong as ever. She painted designs on T-shirts and sneakers for the Fourth of July cookouts and gave them their own sugar eggs as well. I know, I know, you are saying SHE IS MAKING THIS UP - no one could do all those things and be that creative and talented but I have to tell you it is the truth and I have witnesses - many of them!
When the kids got old enough, she would do crafts with them and cook with them and she would take Jason to the movies I didn't want to see and she would paint Jen's nails and toes and do her hair fancy and make jewelry with her. They would get to stay at Mamma's on the Cape for a treat, and she took them to the Herring Run and the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory and every other fun thing she could find. When they were older, she would drive back here for Jen's dance recitals and Jay's football games and their proms. That''s just the kind of Mamma she is. My kids adore her (and Bampa too.)
My mom again....
And here is most of the gang..
Jay's wife Ang, and Allan's wife Cindy were both feeling under the weather and Allan's daughter Erica and her two little ones, Julius and Avery couldn't make it but all where there in spirit.
And my mom still hasn't stopped doing for others. Every day she helps my dad get dressed and get out of bed and she tends to his medical needs. When her friend Marion was hospitalized this winter, my mom visited her several times a week so that Marion would have company. My sister lives just minutes from my parents and she and her family go away on vacation, my mom often tends to my sister's pets. She is involved in a pen pal program through the senior center and school system in her town. Any child assigned to her is one lucky child!
My mom is one incredible woman - she is like the energizer bunny, she keeps on going and going. Only there is a huge difference. Inside that bunny are some hard metal parts.
Inside my my mom, is the softest heart of gold!
Happy Birthday Mom! David and I love you very much!
Until next time, hugs, Linda
PS After all the rain, we barely got an inch of snow and we awoke to a cold but very sunny day! I'd say that is the perfect present from Mother Nature to my mom!