I have had an idea for a series of posts about my mother almost from the beginning of this blog, and I’ve decided it’s now time to give it a try.
Mama kept a journal for much of her adult life, which included her memories of her nomadic childhood. And in 1979 my second sister, who was always a very clever gift-giver, decided to give Mama a very special Christmas gift … she had Mama’s journals published in a book called “I Remember”. Mama was thrilled! I think she probably considered it the best gift she ever received.
Sis had enough copies printed that each of Mama’s children and grandchildren could have a copy, but she gave all the copies to Mama first, so that she could write a personal note in them before she gave them to us.
At the beginning of the book, Mama said:
You may think the stories in this book ramble. They do.
These stories were written over a period of years, jotting down a rememberance here and there, writing as a story came to mind, sometimes even repeating myself.
It is my hope that the stories written here will be of interest to those in my family and others who may read them. They are all certainly interesting to me, and I wanted you to know about them.
Sis published an updated version of the book in 1995, so that new members of the family and others could have copies too.
At the beginning of the 1995 update, Sis wrote:
. . . Over the years, since the publishing of I Remember, Mama has been reluctant to have people read her book because, she says, “They will know how poor I was.” Read the stories and see if you think she was poor. I see only a rich and rewarding life.
What a wonderful gift Mama and JM gave to our family. First, Mama for living it and writing it down, and then JM for making sure we all got to read about it!
My first story from Mama’s book will be coming soon.