Thursday, July 24, 2008

One Car

It is interesting here on the circle in the middle of July...HOT, HOT, HOT. The aged Volvo's air conditioning is not near enough for my comfort. So, we are virtually a one car household for the first time in YEARS!!!! Not that we really have to both be anywhere incredibly important most days, but just the thought of cranking up the Volvo makes me rethink the importance of my trip. Good way to save gas, huh? Today was Hubby's day out, tomorrow is mine! Sure hope the library calls with my reserved books!

I've just finished reading The Shack by William P. Young. Wow, if you haven't read it, you should pick up a copy. It has challenged some of my core beliefs and made me realize some of the erroneous ideas I have harbored over the years. I "speed read" through the book and finished last night. I am on my second time through and discovering just in the two chapters I've finished today that I may be working on this for a while. Perhaps the most wonderful thing I realized in my read was that relationships are much more important than institutions. I actually knew that, but somehow it got lost in my old brain. So, I think I'll go see what else I can challenge myself with in the book.

Friday, July 18, 2008

My Other Mother

I am currently in Oklahoma City visiting family and friends. My mom and I went to see my "other" mother yesterday. This special lady lived next door to us when we moved to OKC in 1962. She was always a hoot to be around and was willing to listen to me when I couldn't, or wouldn't talk to my own mom. One year for Mom's weekend at OSU, she and my mom both came and did the activities with me.

She is probably the main reason I became a teacher, and was willing to work with special needs children. She had a masters' degree in learning disabilities waaaaaaay back when the syndrome (?) was first identified. She could get the most amazing results from her kids. I, however, wasn't cut out for LD, and preferred working with those who had a low IQ.

My other mother turned 90 in June. She is in declining health now, but still lights up when her friends and family come to see her. Her son and daughter-in-law have her in their home, so she is lovingly and well cared for. Her legacy of love, laughter and service to all she knows will go on long after she goes to her reward.

She is reknowned for sewing wedding dresses, mine included, quilting or crocheting baby blankets, doing income taxes, and keeping the books for her church (which she did until 3 years ago!) The year I married, she sewed at least 4 wedding dresses that summer/fall...maybe more, I forget! But however many were sewn, they were all done with love.

I am so blessed to have had this wonderful woman in my life. I am grateful to her son and daughter for sharing their mom with me.