Friday, October 17, 2008

Wednesdays With My Mom

This is one of the few photos of my mom wearing pants. She knew how to do it right! My dad always use to call her "Miss America". Then as his daughters came along, he called us that too. So many times when he and mom would come to visit me as an adult, I would walk into the room where they were and he would say..."Miss America!", as I walked in. Cute!!

From what I understand, this was my mom and dad's first date (to Knotts Berry Farm). Most likely my Aunt Ione took this picture because she is responsible for them meeting. My aunt sent my dad a picture of my mom while he was still serving in WWII. You can only imagine how interested he was when he saw it. So when he got home, he got the chance to do something about it. : ) Way to go Dad!!!
This Wednesday was very laid back. Laundry, cleaning the apartment, grocery shopping, and a little handy-man job for me. : )
I told Mom to pose for me. After I took the picture and looked at it, I went over and hugged her and told her how cute she was. She of course laughed, shrugged it off and said, "Ooh!"
Okay, funny story. I was giving my mom instructions on how to pose for this one...I know... such a dork. That's why she has that questioning look on her face. But that's not all. Right in the middle of our "photo shoot", Mom's neighbor, Jean, walked in. We started laughing like a bunch of little girls. I had to explain to her about my blog. Hee-hee.
When your parents start to get up there in age, you will notice that sometimes little things bother them. Things that seem irrational to you. But I don't care because it's real to her. Just as of last week it's been bothering her that there is an attic access door in her closet. I guess there have been a lot of contracted workers at the Apartments lately doing work. She loves the on-staff maintenance guys, but she's felt a little edgy about these "strangers" around lately. So when she told me she hadn't slept much the night before because of the attic door, I told her I would take care of it "today". So I went home, got my ladder, got my "girl tools", stopped by Home Depot for the locks and........see photo below.
Best I could do. I was up on a ladder, taking a photo of myself.




29 comments:

Ms. Tee said...

Oh, you're just the sweetest daughter ever. :)

I love that you said your dad saw your mom's photo and *did something about it*!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Rambling Girl said...

How sweet! Love the kitty. Your mother is a beauty! Love the second pic...so romantic!

nikkicrumpet said...

I love your mom...and you're right she is so darn cute. I love how she goes along with your photo sessions. How nice of you to put in the lock. You two are quite a team!

Carrie said...

I love your Wednesdays with mom they are great!

Jenny S said...

Great pics and what a wonderful daughter! Most would have brushed her off, but you "did something about it"

Aunt Mimi's Creations! said...

Your mom is too cute! Love all the old pics of her and the stories with them!

Have a great day!

Girly Stuff said...

I should take lessons from you! Actually, you could write a book of how to properly take care of elderly parents. It would be a bestseller!

Robin said...

I am posting to thank you for visiting my nest a couple of weeks ago...I'm still learning how to check comments, etc. on my blog! I didn't mean to be rude. Please forgive me! Your mom is as attractive in the last photo as she was in that first one! I can see why your dad called you both "Miss America!"

Sweet Simplicity said...

Your mom is adorable!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Thanks for the tip on the pumpkin tutorial...I can't wait to take a look! :)
Carrie

Mimi Sue said...

You have the most adorable parents ever. I showed your mom's picture to the mister and he was amazed at how much she looks like his mom at that age. Similar stories too. And I have a friend who has an Aunt Ione but she lives in Utah. You don't hear that name very often. Mimi

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

At first I was going to say that you are just about the sweetest daughter in the whole world. Then I thought wow your parents were amazing - look at what a fabulous job in raising you. I guess, the truth is both. Truly a heart-warming post from start to finish.

MamaTina said...

Wednesdays with Mom is probably my favorite thing to read each week on the web. I love the old photos and the stories about her days. It shows how much you love her which is just wonderful.

Rue said...

Hi Mary Lou :)

I love Wednesdays with your mom. She's so stinkin cute! It's so sweet how your parents met. I didn't realize the Knott's had been there that long! It's my second favorite next to Disneyland :)

Loved your Halloween decor in the last post!!

rue

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

I'm so glad to hear your Mom's tests were just precautionary!
I'm so glad you were able to lock up that attic-I do understand how parents get when they get older. My Dad has lived with us for 17 years.
Hope you are having a great weekend-My youngest son is going to homecoming tonight and bringing his date here to the house for dinner (so I have been busy!) :)
Robin~♥
P.S. Love your Mom's styling pants-Pure class!

Christian said...

If everyone would take care of their moms the way you do, the world would be a better place!

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Your mom was a very attractive lady in her youngers days as well as now.

How sweet to secure that attic door for your mom. It's just the little things like that, which makes them feel safe.

Blessings,

Sher

kristie said...

Mary Lou, how awesome are you?!?!? I know a little about the irrational irritations that hit, of course I have no excure as I am not nearly as cool or as experienced with life as Grandmother, but ...oh well. You are so wonderful and I just can't say it enough! To have those Photos of Grandmother and Grandfather as a new couple!!! SO priceless! I can't wait to share them with the kiddos! Thank you, THANK YOU for doing this for her and for US!!!!! Love You!!

Amy said...

So sweet of you to do the lock for your mom! And the pictures are great!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I wish I could say that I've been busy straightening up my room. But it would be a lie, and my momma taught us to never tell a lie!

mollyandmarshal said...

That is so sweet of you to put locks on the attic door for your mom! I love how you do this post for your mom every week!

Chris said...

I love your mom. I just want to give her a great big hug. Well, not too big--I just might crush her petite little body. She's just adorable. Thanks for these posts!

Amy from Texas said...

I enjoy these posts so much! The old photos of your mom are terrific! She was gorgeous then and now.

Tammy said...

What a sweet daughter you are. Your mom is adorable and so lucky to have you.
hugs,
Tammy

Meg said...

I love those old pics of your mom.
After I saw the one of her in the laundry room I scrolled back up to compare her then and now face. So beautiful!

Marie said...

Your mom gives me warm fuzzies. :o) What a wonderful daughter you are!

Nicole said...

Your mom is beautiful, I loved the pictures! Loved you halloween decorations below also.

Kristen said...

That was so crafty and considerate of you to fix that for your mom. Great blog

The Thompsons said...

Oh my goodness you are so creative...loved checking out your blog!

Jen said...

sooo sweet. He called all of us gals Miss America didn't he!! :)