Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge



 Another week of questions by Joyce and she threw a couple of curve balls this week and I was "hard pressed" on a couple of answers.  But, it's always good brain exercise. ~wink~

1. Share something you appreciate (or something you appreciated as you were growing up) about your mother.
Taken in the Spring of 1953 - Momma and me



In looking back and thinking about my Mom I appreciate so much about her.  One was her ability to keep the "home fires burning" when Dad was out and about the business of the church and it's members.  She never once complained about being "the pastor's wife" but rather she always said she felt honored that the Lord had called her to that position.  Man, I think that speaks volumes! Our home was always neat and orderly with little to no choas.  She wanted it to be a little bit of heaven on earth and as far as I was concerned, it was.
2.  A quote most commonly ascribed to Plato reads "Necessity is the mother of invention." When did this last play out in your own experience?
I cannot stand to "cop out" on a question but I simply cannot think of the last time.  But, my husband is brilliant when it comes to this.  He can come up with more ideas of ways to make something work or fix something in the most unconventional way, but it works.
 
3. Share one of the earliest memories you have from childhood.
I have thought a lot about this one from time to time. My Mom had a little boy when I was 3 years and a few weeks old.  I remember being so excited when I was told that he had been born that I went running up and down the street in front of our house singing, "I've got a baby brother, I've got a baby brother."  And, funny thing is that I have no other recollection until the 1st grade.  Guess getting a baby brother made quite the impression as this little 3 year old girl.

4. When did you last 'hit the mother lode'? What was it?
It was about a month ago when I had a major clothes cleaning out.  I took the biggest "mother lode" of clothes to the local consignment shop.  I had a happy closet afterwards.
 
5. What is/was your favorite dish mom made? Do you make that dish for your family/friends now that you're all grown up?
Well, I guess this may sound really tacky, but my Mom was not that great of a cook.  She used little to no seasoning and her food was rather bland.  I really didn't pay that much attention to that fact until I got married and begin eating my MIL's cooking.  She was truly a great cook and used bacon, plenty of salt and whatever else she decided upon to season with and then I realized what I had been missing. ~grin~  I have more cooking habits like my MIL than my Mom.

6. Mother May I? was at one time a popular children's game. It required no equipment or parts to play. What was your favorite childhood game where you could just turn up and play-no gear needed?
Oh, goodness, Joyce is really bringing up some old memories with this questions.  I love it!  I remember so well loving to play I Spy and Tag, You're It.  I wonder if those are ever, ever played by the kids of today.  I'm afraid the kids today will have no memories of playing anything but high tech games.  What a shame!!!

7. Which TV mom (past or present) is your favorite, and why?
Hands down, Ruth Martin, played by June Lockhart on the series, Lassie.  Well, as a little girl, I thought she was just beautiful, so kind and gentle and that whole show took me to a place that I loved. And, I also loved  June Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver.  Those were the days of some holsum TV shows.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I'm not sure about where you live, but where we live, the electrical company sends their tree trimming trucks and guys to "butcher up" all of our trees growing along the power lines.  The above picture is an example of what one looks like.  It is by no means all the trees they trim but there are several and they stand out like a "sore thumb."   Now, I don't know that I have a solution to the problem but it sure does seem that  more effort could be taken to even things up a bit, so as not to look like we have "one sided" trees throughout our town. ~just sayin'~ They just need a woman in charge and it might be different. ~giggle~

Happy mid-week peeps!!!

13 comments:

Cranberry Morning said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mom! She sounds like a wonderful woman. Hope that baby brother worked out for you. LOL

April said...

Your mom sounds like she was an incredible woman. I agree...kids today are more into the phones and tech. devices that they don't enjoy playing outdoors like we did as kids. Sad times. Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day, Lea!

Eileen Miller said...

Enjoyed your post!

debi said...

Your Mom sounded awesome ...Not an easy thing to be a pastor's wife. I agree, few kids play outdoors anymore, sad.
Loved the share about you brother :-)


Hugs!

Debbie said...

What a wonderful mom you had...I think you will be happy to hear that tag is alive and well, lol, at least among my grandkids. One of their favorite games to play. Don't get me wrong, they love their video games too but whenever they are all together, outside and running and tag are what they are on. Can't believe what they are doing to those trees!! Seems very wrong...Enjoy your day!

Tracy said...

Trees around power lines always look funny after a pruning but man does that one look weird. I don't know why they didn't take off that one lower branch.

tealady said...

I came across your blog through Walking in Beauty and Grace and I must say I joined almost as soon as I started reading.
Loved the way you spoke of your mother,my only regret is that I never really had a mother mine died when I was 8.I moved around a few foster families and never had one mother who made me feel like I had one.I will say though I tried to be the best mother to my son as I had wished I had. I had to have done something right because he has turned into a 31 years old man I am proud of.Someday I wish my son could say half of what you said about your mother. I am a Southern Bell trapped in a northern body.Happy Mothers day to you.

Joyce said...

We had our end of year bible study yesterday and a woman who had volunteered all year in the 4-5 year old nursery gave the most wonderful testimony. She talked about how she saw that job as a sacrifice initially and as the year progressed realized what an honor it was to serve in that way. What you said about your mom, the pastor's wife, made me think of the same thing. I do think when women see their role (whatever that may be) as an honor and a calling, rather than a sacrifice, we are more content. Happy Mother's Day to you!

Catie said...

That tree is hilarious! I love June Cleaver and that show, I need to get it for my kids to watch. It's a good one for little boys :)

Sue said...

This was such a lovely sweet post, Lea, I have always believed that when God called a man into ministry that He called the wife also, and it sure looks as though your Mother answered this call with much grace! I remember all those fun outdoor games we played as children long after the sun went down and like youI believe the children of today are not getting this activity!
I also agree about the disfiguring of the trees
Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts today.
Blessings, Sue

Maryann said...

A lovely tribute to your mom Lea, she sounds lie she was a wonderful woman. I think it takes a special woman to be a pastors wife..
I remember playing all those games outside growing up, sad that kids don't seem to play outside as much anymore...a different day to be sure

Zoanna said...

What a loving post to honor your mom. It's a special calling for sure, to be a pastor's wife. I'm sure she has received some gorgeous stones in her crown as a result of how she honored the Lord in her home and with her family and church.

That tree! Oh, my word. Hideous. Don't let the tree look in the mirror! It's having a very bad hair day.

Happy Mother's Day to you.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That does speak volumes about your mother. Being a pastor's wife is a huge responsibility. That is so cute about your running up and down the street. I am the youngest so I don't know what that would feel like. Yes Your It was always so much fun to play.