Mama Remembered: An Overheard Conversation


my three sisters very small 2    My three sisters in summer, 1933.  The baby is Martha Lou, then Betty Rose and Jean Marie.  Our brother, Jimmy, was born the next year and I was born 13 years later.

An excerpt from Mama’s book, I Remember:

Our house was pretty cold in the winter, so the kids wore long underwear and sometimes I let them sleep in it.  One night I heard Jean Marie say to Better Rose, “Your back door is open”.  Betty Rose replied, “My kitchen is hot.”  They were about four and three.

When I think about where their terminology might have come from, I can picture that, with no air conditioning, when Mama was in the kitchen cooking, she might have regularly said, “Whew, it’s hot in here, I’m going to open the door!”

Haven’t we all learned … children are always listening to and parroting what we say, sometimes in unexpected context!

3 Responses to Mama Remembered: An Overheard Conversation

  1. Hilary says:

    Your sisters must have incredible sense of humour. That’s just too funny.

  2. Amy O says:

    Out of the mouths of babes…

  3. Sandra says:

    Hilary — I’m not sure they were old enough to realize they were being funny, but we DO love a good punch line in our family! 🙂

    Amy — That’s the reason Art Linkletter’s “Kids Say the Darnest Things” segment was so popular on his show for so many years!

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