Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mom was everything a Mom should be

year_born: 1943

memory: I have my mother's china from Edwin Knowles Co. that I am trying to find missing pieces for. It has the pottery bowl on the back that says semi vitreous, and the numbers underneath are 41-3 or 41-8. We were a blue collar family, mom was a stay-at-home mom, and this was her "good china". The only ones that I remember her using were the salad plates and they were used daily for eggs and lunch. At Christmas we would get out the "good china" and the table would look so pretty. She must have used the coffee cups because all I have are the saucers and no cups. I have searched many places for replacement pieces and your site is the best one I have found for information. I would love to find the few pieces that I don't have to finish the collection.

I remember when I was 16 I went to work for the dime store and was so proud when I bought Mom a new set of dishes--Melmac! Little did I know that I was replacing a loved and cherished memory.

Mom was a beautiful seamstress and made all of my clothes. And yes, I remember having "flour sack" clothes, especially when I was young. She was raised on a small farm in Mo. and we visited there every summer for a few weeks. My dream was always to buy the farm and live there but unfortunately, that wasn't to be. A cousin lost it in a failed restaurant venture and we can't even go look at it anymore. But oh, the memories.

Mom was everything a Mom should be--a soft shoulder to cry on, a loving and caring real LADY, but we also knew when she meant business! I lost her when she was only 63and that has been the hardest thing I have ever lived through but she taught me that faith can move mountains.

She was also a talented poet and writer. Her dream was always to have her writings published but it was too costly. So several years after she passed away, my husband and I sat down at the "new-fangled typewriter" (our first computer) and made her book of poems and writings. We put a graphic with each one and then printed them, one for each child and grandchild. It is one of my most cherished possessions. Unfortunately, I didn't inherit her ability for poetry but I can write a little bit and I inherited her ability to sew.

Thank you for allowing me to share my wonderful memories!

location: Small town

state_lived_in: Illinois

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