Moms have many roles – at least mine did. Teacher, Nurse, Maid, Chauffer, Seamstress, Nurturer . . .
My mom was raised in San Francisco. She didn’t learn gardening, but I imagined she learned to cook and launder and “mother” at quite an early age.
She has two brothers that are younger than she. When her mom and dad divorced and her mom was forced to return to work, mom and her brother became latch key kids.
I know my mom assisted her mom in looking after her brothers. I believe she fixed meals. I’m sure that she did some light housework. And she used to iron for other people. She found it to be fun and enjoyed the small amount of income.
I don’t know for certain which skills she learned from her mom or if she had picked any of those up at the Sunrise ward she attended in San Francisco. I know moving from San Francisco to the “outskirts” of Salt Lake City (her words, not mine) was a definite culture shock.
She had worked for the FBI in San Francisco as a file clerk – and would make it her personal goal to have her desk cleared by the end of the day – knowing it would not last – for the crime rate was high and there was always cases to be pulled and filed away.
Mom worked for the FBI in Salt Lake City. So different from San Francisco. She enjoyed being able to do several jobs and learn more tasks and utilize herself on more than just filing.
She learned many domestic skills through the Relief Society - many of which were probably brand new to her. She learned to knit, crochet, can and sew among others. And she took these tasks to heart and really tried to perfect those things which she had learned.
Mom gave birth to four of us. She would teach us to learn and help us by introducing us to educational toys and assisting with helping our desires for wanting to learn.
It seems that we were in the car often as she drove us to swim lessons, my dance and piano lessons, the dentist and the doctor. It seems she was always driving someone to the doctor. If it wasn’t one of her children, it was my paternal grandmother.
Often we’d rebel if we didn’t feel sick, we didn’t feel the need. I took her on a follow-up visit with the doctor last week. She sulked like a child. She didn’t quite throw a tantrum – though the feistiness was there. She said she wasn’t sick and didn’t see the need.
Mom had taken several of us to the hospital for one reason or another. Patrick had a very high fever when he was four. My dad had had a series of strokes. She took Ellen to the hospital to see her baby sister born. And mom drove me to the hospital when I had Jenna. She also picked me up as I waited on the curb in a wheelchair – nearly nine years before I drove up to the curb to meet her in the wheelchair as mentioned here.
Corey made a comment on this post how my mom had cleaned up some of Ellen’s vomit. Several years later full circle came into effect when Ellen and her husband found mom passed out in her own vomit – and Ellen’s husband cleaned it up.
She’d driven daddy to the nursing home (found here) because we needed assistance and that is what the insurance would cover. And Kayla drove her to an assisted living facility which is really a lot brighter and way more cheerful than where dad had to live – though he was not for long.
My dad hated where he was at. We did too. We didn’t like the place at all. Mom really had a hard time with it; it wasn’t something she wished to do. But it was necessary. None of us wished to put mom in assisted living – to put her in a place where the doors would remain locked and she will never know the code – but it is necessary.
Some days mom is happy. Sometimes she wanders around in hopes of escaping. She clutches her purse full of “treasures” that will make some family members laugh. And she remembers the laughter. At least she did yesterday morning. I would like to see her happy all the time.