She is a very special woman who has taught me so much over the years. She taught me to sew at the age of 10, and to bake at the age of 11. My two youngest brothers were born when I was 10 and 11, so I learned how to do the laundry and help care for infants, which prepared me for my first babysitting jobs outside of our family when I was 12. I thought it was great to be earning 50 cents an hour!
But the most important thing I learned from my mother was that I was loved. She always encouraged me to be whatever I wanted to be, and as a result, I grew up to be very independent.
DOWNTOWN WITH MOM
I grew up in Cleveland, in a suburb called Independence, which was a 20-minute bus ride to downtown Cleveland. Being the only girl in the family, sometimes for a special treat, my Mother would take me on the bus downtown to go shopping on a Thursday evening when the department stores stayed open until none,or Saturday during the day.
I would get all dressed up, with gloves and a dress, and remember feeling very excited to go into the big city. We would go to the big department stores, such as Higbee’s, May Company, and sometimes to Halle’s, although that was the most expensive store. I loved it! These stores were seven or eight stories high and had wooden escalators.
Each floor was designated for a specific department, such as furniture, women’s clothing, or shoes. It was a special time I had with my Mother and I remember those experiences fondly. To this day I love shopping and big cities.
Happy Mother’s Day to everyone who is a mother or mother-to-be, to mothers of pets and to step-mothers, to mothers who have lost children, and to those whose mothers live on in only in their memories. Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day.