Saturday, May 10, 2008

Day 131 - Remembering Mom

A lot of us did puzzles with our Mom's when we were kids, but how many have Moms that are the subject of a puzzle? This happened to Mom when she was about 70. The ladies at the church were planning a Christmas program and wanted someone to play the part of a Christmas tree to go along with the song "O Christmas Tree". The ladies asked Mom and persuaded her to do the part. The idea was for her to wear a green, full-body leotard. She would be decorated with garland and battery powered, twinkling lights. As Mom told the story, she had never in her life worn a leotard, not even as a little girl (they were not so popular back in the twenties). So, she went shopping - no green leotards to be had in the whole town. So she ended up buying red. The night of the program, the lights were turned off; the choir began singing; and Mom, in her bright red leotard and twinkling lights, pirouetted across the stage. Dad, naturally, took a picture of Mom in costume when they were back home. He had prints made and sent them as Christmas cards to family and friends.

So, you ask - what about the puzzle?


Mom's older brother was somewhat of a prankster. He sent his card off to a company that made personalized puzzles and sent the puzzle to Mom as a present the following Christmas. Here's the finished puzzle, reassembled today.

And here is the Christmas card from that year (photo c1986 by Dad).

Thanks Mom, for all the memories.

6 comments:

Cindy said...

Thank you for sharing that Lew. I got a great kick from it. Your mama was a very special person.

-TNChick- said...

That's pretty neat, I think - a wonderful memory and a neat treasure to have. What a great Mom she was, eh? =)

Lew said...

Thanks tnchick - yes she was a great Mom.

the teach said...

What a great Mom Lew! BTW Thank you for participating in my "What if" meme. I've posted the results for everyone to see! Come visit! :D

Karin said...

What a great story and remembrance of your mom. She sounds like she had a delightful sense of humor!

Gawdess said...

utterly lovely!!!
i enjoyed this post so much, thank you.
what a wonderful tribute!