Friday, July 21, 2017

52 Questions in 52 Weeks - Week 4

Week 4: What memories do you have of your mother (her name, birth date, birthplace,
parents, and so on)?

My Mom (who I believe will be reading this...) is selfless. Her entire world revolves around her kids and my Dad, until he passed. From an early age, she has always cared for someone... siblings, parents, sister-in-laws, in-laws, children, church youth, and I'm sure I'm forgetting groups.

She was born December 6, 1941 to Leo and Mary Pearon in Linn, MO at home. My Grandma was very ill after she was born, so the doctor's wife actually cared for my Mom for a while as an infant. She is the youngest girl, but she has 2 younger brothers. She had 5 siblings, one who was accidentally killed when he was 15. Her family lived on a large farm and worked hard. They weren't rich by any means and Mom has told me a few times of getting clothes from friends and family, because they weren't able to afford store bought clothes.

My Mom went through a lot of struggles in her lifetime that I have been fortunate enough not to face, I'm sure in part because she didn't want her kids to experience those trials and did everything in her power to make sure we didn't.

Some of my favorite memories with my Mom, though I'm sure she may not agree, are these...
  • At 5, I was scared to death while Mom was driving back from my sister's before my first day in Kindergarten in a hail storm and swearing the truck was going to fall apart... but my Mom was calm and steady and we got home safely.
  • her gentle reminders that I needed to be a good person... no matter what
  • at the time I thought she was insane (pre-teen and teen years), but pointing out how smart and kind-hearted I was and that was one of the reasons I struggled to get along with the "popular crowd", because I didn't want to go along with their antics... and yes... Mom, you were right... they were jealous and it was the age.
  • Baking cakes and making flowers for wedding cakes with her
  • Her extremely high level of patience with me while showing me how to sew, embroidery, and explore any craftiness
  • Always encouraging me to "go for it"... anything I wanted to try, but not making me do things I didn't want to pursue (like sports... I am not athletic... at all)
  • Being an entrepreneur... as she mentioned the other day... she worked from home as a small business owner way before it was the "cool thing" we aspire to do these days... 
  • okay.. this is ornery and she'll probably text to say she can't believe I shared this... but... when I was little and getting into trouble and she was at her wit's end (if you have kids.. you have been there!)... she would tell me "I'm going to pinch your head off and tell God you died!" Horrible, right? HA!! It got my attention and I knew she wouldn't actually do it! But, it sure did stop me in my tracks and I shaped-up fast. 
There are so many memories I have with my Mom that I can't list them all... from chocolate cake batter pony tails to rescuing her orange haired daughter when an at-home color treatment went awry to supporting me through every difficult time in my life to vacuuming outside my bedroom door when she knew I was up later than I should have been (a bit passive aggressive there, mom...ha!) to becoming friends as adults... She put up with a LOT from me and I'm thankful she didn't really pinch my head off... and I'm sure she has shed many tears over me and prayed the night away and for that I am genuinely sorry and so thankful... I promise.. I'll get it together one day. 

I ran across this challenge about a year ago and thought it was a marvelous idea...

The whole idea is to tell your own story by answering one question a week. People that love ancestry love finding diaries, journals, and letters, because they tell about everyday life. Not just the big stuff, but the every day little stuff.

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