Saturday, March 28, 2020
Women’s history month, Mama
Autos of beauty
Michelle Christensen, She is not a model, she is the designer of this Acura she designed. She is the company’s first female exterior designer. (nice job, huh?)
A woman also designed the Corvette Stingray!
For today (Sunday):
This is Women’s history month. Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows there would be NO HISTORY without women. I know women have contributed to WORLD HISTORY. I did not know Helen Keller nor Rosa Parks. But I have known some GREAT women.
Mama: She laughingly called herself, Gracey Missouri Gertrude Loyd Darnell. She married down they said. I came when we were poor. She was married to a preacher who quit work to preach, and never worked at secular job again. That meant that mama like many women in her day learned to make do with what she had. She created meals. Her water gravy was delicious. Her biscuits were the best. If she was out of something she filled the gap somehow. Again like other women in her day she raised chickens always had a garden, could always find room for some flowers. She canned, she laughed when the pressure cooker blew up. She could tell the best bed time stories. If I had to go get a switch, she never applied it mad, it was to teach but it was applied.
Mama with me, her baby boy
I NEVER SAW HER OUTWARDLY UPSET, she was dad’s calm in a storm. She was steady as she goes. She could sew a ½ mile a minute with a treadle machine. When daddy had that thing fitted to be electric, she went to a mile a minute. LOL There are a million things you and I could say about mama, and it would never say it like it was. I think she loved everyone. She was talented. She arranged flowers and sold them with everything else she had on her plate. She raised enough money to build at least 25 or 30 churches in Africa. Our local paper once did a full page spread on her mission work.
She was raising a family of 2 boys and a girl during the depression. Then in the 1930’s lost two children and added 2 more, Shirley and I.
Mom & dad at their 50th anniversary
Mama's family that lived, Jr., Odis and me in back. Shirley and Kat in front with dad and mom.
When my dad passed she wanted to go also. She never recovered. Over the next few years she became bed fast and the other woman in my life was there. She quit a good job she liked in Wash. DC to come back to NC to take care of MY mama, while I stayed in DC until I could arrange a transfer (no small feat).
I planned to cover all the women in my life in this post. How silly to think that. Thank you for reading this. Be safe and take care of yourselves.
ps: I do have better pictures of mama but they are on the other sick computer.