This morning after breakfast, my ninety-one-year mom and I talked about her girlfriend from Burrough Junior High School (North Camden) and Woodrow Willson High School (East Camden.)
How lovely to have good memories about friends from decades ago!
Mom laughed about the time that she bought a real fur coat (raccoon) and visited Mary’s’ house to show the coat and how the parents delighted in the coat. I’ve heard the story many times. Mom worked at Bell Telephone in Camden and she had saved her money for that special coat.
There wasn’t much fun during World War II, but wearing that coat made her happy. My dad (her boyfriend at the time) was in the South Pacific. The coat became the only extravagance of her lifetime and she wore it proudly for decades.
I brought over a notecard and wrote a message for her to send to Mary in Florida. However, she deemed it too short and took a piece of lined paper and added a message in her own still fine penmanship. When I first had asked her about writing to her friend, she looked dubious and a little confused. That’s why I wrote the notecard, but Mom got herself together and started writing. She remembered that she liked to write. She could have been a blogger!
Before I asked Mom to write, I looked up Mary’s name and address online to make sure that Mary was still alive. You never know. When you are in your nineties, many of your friends have passed away. Happily, her friend is still alive and I hope she enjoys Mom’s note. These girlfriends had phoned and corresponded and visited for many years, but not lately. Old age and a bit of dementia can be limiting..
My mom’s birthday is coming up. September 28th. I think that is the day that Pope Francis comes to Philly. I doubt that he’ll make it to Mom’s cake and ice cream.
I’m glad to report that Mom lacks for nothing–in fact, she has almost too many doodads that she has received from her many birthday celebrations.
However, she loves, loves, loves birthday cards and looks at them for months afterwards.
If you “know” me (in any way–blog reader counts) and would like to send my mom a birthday card for her NINETY-FIRST (!!!), please click on firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll reply with my home address so you can send her a card. She loves flowers, especially pansies. Sometimes the stores have lots of pansy cards–some years none. Maybe she’ll get lucky this year!
Please identify who you are when you sign the card— Your niece, Kathy, Your daughter’s friend, Zana, Your old neighbor, Anna, etc.
If you would like to send her a card, you could send it even today… what a great month of September for my mom…receiving a card or two every day!
Thanks. Enjoy this September day. Write a note to an old friend!
Marguerite Ferra, Cramer Hill blogger