What’s your favorite memory of your mother when you were a child?
My earliest memories of my mother as a child are how she would hold Nancy and I in her lap as she rocked in her rocking chair. She would sing spiritual songs and hymns very sweetly right into our ear. She’d read to us from the Bible or a Bible story book and then The Houston Chronicle newspaper, especially the funnies.
I believe all of that was what enabled Nancy and me both to be early readers and able to recognize and want to sing the songs our mother had put into our hearts through her singing.
Her fried chicken, roast beef, fried salmon croquettes, pecan pies, and her red beans and cornbread were all our dietary staples. When I was about 13 years old, she started making a dessert from shredded coconut and pineapple which our whole family loved.
Another memory I have is of Daddy teaching her to drive when we got a 1953 Dodge automobile with an automatic transmission. She never felt safe driving a car with a standard transmission where she to manually shift gears. She was usually so scared riding with Daddy that he often teased her about putting dents in the floorboard on her side, trying to “put on the brakes”.
Another memory that is special is that she never cut her hair, but always wore it in a bun. I used to love standing behind her when she was brushing it, because it hung down below her waist. No one ever saw that but her husband and her children.
She loved The Lord and her husband and her children with all her heart!