Windhorse Honors the Glamorous
Beautiful, intelligent, with lovely handwriting,
skilled in business, a crackerjack speller, a good cook,
She influenced me toward wanting
to be as learned as she
Mom has that bit o' theWild Woman too...
some sort of Soul Connection to Mae West
and a host of other "pistols."
(including Grandmother; Mom's Mom,
who carried one when she delivered rural mail
over miles of Massachusetts!)
Her sharp wit and intellect is cultivated on
thousands of novels read over the years,
cross-word puzzles,movies and a mind
like a magnet for such trivia as
Hollywood's stars and movies.
Ethelyn introduced me to so much beauty
and intrigue through vocabulary, and telling me about
books she read or was reading about exotic places and their history.
She has an eclectic interest in books.
In my childhood Mom would sit me at the kitchen
table and teach me my Alphabet, Written Letters,
Pronunciation, Punctuation, Numbers and
Arithmetic. Well that's what they were called then.
Mathmetics were for College! And Mom
had studied Higher Mathmetics in High School.
Her handwriting excels, and under her
tutelage I was encouraged to form letters
and numbers carefully. Every time I get a compliment
about my handwriting, the credit must go to Mom! I had no interest
in "working that hard!" but she tirelessly had me repeat my lessons till I got it!
It's such a pleasure to write and form legible and pretty
script or printing, now. I enjoy it and I owe it to Mom!
I guess this is where my love of horses began,
when Dad put me on this pony at his Cousin's farm
on Long Island. How sad it is that most farms have
gone by the wayside.
My Mom showed faith in me when I wanted to sing...
she paid for voice lessons for me which enriched my vocal skills
and provided many covert blessings through her willingness to
further her child's dreams. My vocal teacher,
Senor Julio Berrocal, was knowlegable about the spine's
role in creating music. That opened my eyes to
miracles I would later seek to understand.
Without Mom's help, I'd have missed the
opportunity to go to Senor Berrocal.
Mom has shown me that the beaten path needs a
bit of salting once in awhile. It gets icy and dangerous.
I'm grateful for her open mindedness and respect for life.
One of the most treasured and important lessons she ever
gave me was, "Irene, no person is better than
another!" I can see how I drew her as a Parent;
she was before her time in so many ways, as
I have been...much to the chagrin of many, and.
confusion to myself!!
Desiderata is a favorite of Mom's.
She had wanted to go to College and become a Teacher.
She is a really good Teacher, and
I was a privileged if not always willing Student!
The world might well have been a better place with
Ethelyn teaching the youth of our nation!
Her mind is still sharp at 90 years old.
After Dad's Grocery and Meat Market was closed
down with the sale of the building he was in,
Mom enrolled in Business School, learned to
operate a Comptometer and got a job. She
was a whiz at it! And she taught herself the computer in DOS
operating system, and still 'computes' ... and texts!
She has embroidered, crocheted and done needlepoint and
other crafts with perfection. Dad would frame them for
her impeccably. I'll soon put up pictures of some of them.
Grandma Tootie and her first-and second-born Grands.
S he is justifiably proud of her Son
who now travels the world as consultant for
bridge-builders. We owe our safety to my Brother
along with many others, I know...
when we cross many a bridge!
Mom, this is the first Valentine's Day
and Birthday you've spent without Dad
(2010) since you were about 20...
I love you, Mom
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updated May 22, 2011
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