Saturday, May 10, 2008

My Mother was a List Maker

My mother is in a box on a shelf in the living room, I think it is a cedar box, though it might be mahogany. I never unwrapped it since picking it up from the funeral parlor. It is quite small, somehow I hadn't expected it to be so small, 81/2 by 7 by 4 inches. At some point my brothers and I are going to disperse her ashes, but for now she is visiting. My mother passed on the 29th of December of last year at 6:30 p.m.. Her downward spiral and subsequent demise is another story. Following is what I read a the memorial;

My mother was list maker, in her honor I have 
made some lists about her.
Animals kept as family pets (mostly)
Chickens
Geese
Goats (Lily and Mandy)
Rabbits
Dogs
Cats
Chameleon
Snakes
Guinea Pigs
Rats
Mice
Iguana
Toads
Parakeet
Japanese Quail
Gold Fish
Too many Black Mollies

Countries Visited
Denmark
Germany
France
Belgium
England
Holland
Sweden
Norway
USSR (when it was the USSR)
Finland
Brazil
Japan
India
Korea
China
Canada

Sports
Track
Basketball
Swimming
Rowing
Tennis
Biking
Hiking
Sailing

Volunteer Work
PTA
Yard Duty
Poll Worker
Recording For the Blind
Stanford Medical Library
Bargain Bin (Children's Health Council)

Sayings
A word to wise is sufficient.
If you want something done right, do it yourself.
It's not what you look; it's what you do that is important.
Mixing substances together can yield unexpected results.
If you are thirsty, drink water.
Avoid empty calories.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Be efficient.
Keep everything under control.
Wear clean underwear.
Don't stay in wet clothes.
Don't turn up the heat, put on a sweater.
Turn off that light if you are not using it.
Wear comfortable shoes that you can walk or run in if need be.
Don't call children "kids", they are not baby goats.
Don't let anyone slip you a Mickey.

Things I learned from my mother.
Read to your children.
Have pets.
Learn the proper names of plants and animals.
Get some exercise.
Eat healthy food.
Recycle whatever you can.
Embarrass your children by being yourself, it builds character, yours and theirs.
Enjoy your children's interests. 
Play games with your children.
Grammar is important.

Miscellaneous
Called all young boys "son".
Referred to her drippy nose as her "English Nose".
Had big feet for her height.
Wore glasses from the age of 5.
Got in fights at school.
Was an excellent speller her whole life.
Could do math in her head her whole life.
Had a Boston terrier when young.
Referred to herself as "a little old lady in tennis shoes."
Got a ticket for driving too slow in the Mojave Desert.
She could have said "no"
When her kitchen was used to boil a dead frog so Ben could extract the bones and reconstruct the skeleton.
When her kitchen was used by Ben to make mead, honey was spilled.......
When Nick wanted to paint his room red and have one entire wall a blackboard.
When Diana wanted a horse.
When the boys wanted a BB gun.
When John decided to become a sailor.
When Diana wanted to put a "Shirley Chisholm for President" sticker on the car.
When Nick brought a rattlesnake to Thanksgiving Dinner in a Mason jar. (The snake graced the table through the meal).

She Liked
To look a the moon
To look at trees, "trees are a great thing to a girl raised in New York City."
Words
Chocolate
Licorice
Rocks
Nature
Walks
A bright pink Mohair sweater that got ripped in a bike accident.
Wearing shorts
Post Its.

4 comments:

Rima said...

This is really lovely Diana :)

Rabbits' Guy said...

Boy, that music experience must have been something ,, quite unusual, eh? Thanks for chipping it in.

That was some mother too, tough act to follow I suppose.

I am constantly surprised to discover new things I learned from my mother so long ago! She gets so much wiser as I get older!

archi's mum said...

wonderful tribute - thank you for sharing it - i hope that the sweetness of her memory outweighed the sorrow of her not being here on this mother's day.

M.KATE said...

I love reading this post, just excellent.

Thanks for commenting on my blog and will check out the rabbits link, desperately needed it as there very little infor on rabbits here.

Loved the pictures from China too, I am planning to go to Beijing next year..must climb that great wall of china.

Just back from Cambodia and well..what a trip!!

:)