Today is October 19, 2014. It is also my Mother’s birthday. My Mom was adopted. She never talked with me about it. In fact, my grandmother-Nannie-was the one who eventually told me. My Mom never wondered about her birth mother. Her adoption sounds like something from a news story – “Infant girl left in basket at doorstep of local family”. Because, you see-that is what happened. She deeply loved her parents and her kin folks. I never knew my Grandpa. He died before I was born. His name was Roy and he was an electrician.
This is a picture of my Mom as a teenager. She is seated with my Nannie, three of my aunts and cousin J. Don’t you love how they do their hair?
My Mom grew up in a tough time. She had a paper route to earn some extra cash. She won a bike the first summer for adding the most new customers. She loved dogs-cockers were her favorite. They were always named Lady. When she entered high school, she started working at a photographic studio in town. Eventually she started doing touchups for the studio. She was very talented with photography. She had great baby pictures of me!
Then she met a boy from Kansas who was attending Georgia Military Academy. He was all alone His father had died when he 18 months old His mother remarried and moved to Illinois with her new husband and children. Fortunately his father had set aside money for him to attend GMC when he became a 9th grader. I have no idea how they actually met. I have often wondered but that opportunity for questions is forever gone.
When Dad was drafted, they got married. My mother continued to live at home with her mother until Dad came back. I was born in Milledgeville, Georgia and 9 years later my redheaded sister made her appearance in our family.
I would love to say that we lived happily ever after. But we did not. My parents divorced when I was in my twenties. But I can say with absolute certainty that my parents loved both of us enormously and were proud of our accomplishments. They were always there when we needed them.
I love you and miss you, Mom!