Monthly Archives: October, 2012

Better Safe Than Sorry

It wasn’t often that Grandpa took Mom into downtown L.A.   Reaching down from his big, brown leather chair with the gold rivets along the arms, he ignored the ache in his fingers which warned of arthritis. “Come here, Pet,” he stretched further to reach Mom’s small Mary Janes.  “Let’s get these on you.” Mom was excited.  …

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Bushel and a Peck

Mom used to sing this song to me when I was little. That reminds me, too, of how she would sometimes try to bribe me into doing a chore. “I don’t know…” I’d protest. “I’ll give you a little something for doing it,” Mom would wager. “Like what?” “I’ll give you… a hug and a …

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Singing in Church

For a long while, more than anything else in the world, I wanted to be like Cher.  As I’d watch her on television on Sunday nights with Sonny, and later when she ventured out on her own, she was the ideal of womanhood for me.  I set about starving myself and growing my hair, and in …

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Little Catholic Things

JMJ Some of the most special things Mom taught me were rooted in the Catholic faith.  Ordinary parts of a day were infused with a spiritual meaning.  No detail was neglected, all was for God.  Here are some of the devotions which stand out, looking back. 1. When you are driving past a church, say …

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No Apple Betty!

My parents teased one another in rotation.  The same little pokes and jabs arose mischievously, and their banter became grooves of a record, more familiar and loved upon repetition.   One of the ol’ favorites was from Dad. “I think I’ll make an apple betty this weekend,” Dad would tease, winking.  Sometimes Dad exaggerated his wink and his …

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We Want Strawberries!

“I wish I had more hours in my day,” Mom would lament.  So long as there was a needy soul somewhere, Mom felt guilty closing her eyes to rest.  A kind heart and Irish Catholic guilt had fashioned Mom into a works-of-mercy junkie.  Corporal works of mercy, spiritual works of mercy- it was all good so …

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