Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mama Another Year Older

Saint Patrick's Day is also my mother's birthday! She was born March 17, 1935 in Bowie County Texas. A home delivery, she was so puny that the doctor laid her on the trunk to die. Her grandmother walked in and asked, "Why is this baby over here?" The doctor gave his verdict on her ability to survive. Mama Durham picked that little girl up, cleaned her up, and she survived. She survived to marry and have four children. I have the distinction of being Favorite Daughter. I am - ahem - the only daughter. But even if I had sisters...I'd still be the favorite. I just know deep down in my heart that that IS the way it would be. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

She supported me - literally - as I buried my first husband. Helped her sons as their marriages ended and supported them as they made new beginnings. She has buried her parents and her husband of almost 50 years...and she still survives.

Here we are with the Blocker family quilt. The family that the tenacious Mama Durham was born into.
An article about the quilt ran in the local paper here in my hometown and in the New Boston paper near where Mama grew up. The photo was taken Christmas 2010.

Giving her a couple/three options for lunch, she asked me to pick up barbeque and bring it to her house for lunch Wednesday. I also delivered this...a purse I made for her.
Complete with my label sewn inside. I do everything I can to keep the Favorite Daughter designation! ;-)

5 comments:

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Kar said...

A very Happy Belated Birthday to your Mom, Sherry. I love the picture with the both of you in front of the quilt. I definitely see your Mom in you. Hope your weekend was a good one. :)

tisme said...

Awesome posting! Give your momma an extra birthday hug from me. She deserves it for having you! lol
Just kidding on that note. :)

Nina said...

Love the story of your mom and your relationship. I enjoy stories of the past and without writing them down, they'd be lost forever. You and your mom truly have something special. May she have many more birthdays.
Nina

Cherry said...

What a gorgeous family story Sherry. The first sentence resonates with a similarity to my own father who also was born 'puny' and not expected to live. Will share that story on his birthday April 2! Thanks for the inspiratation. xx