Thank you to Joyce at From This Side of the Pond for this weeks Hodgepodge questions.
1. Share something you appreciate (or something you appreciated as you were growing up) about your mother.
My mother died when I was only 18 and though I was young I was aware that she was a very strong and independent woman. Though, of course, she didn't know that I would be on my own at such a young age (my father died 4 months after my mom) I very much appreciate the example she set and the measure of self-sufficiency she instilled in me.
2. A quote most commonly ascribed to Plato reads "Necessity is the mother of invention." When did this last play out in your own experience?
After giving it some thought it seems that the necessity to come up with and answer to this question would require some invention on my part and that just wouldn't be Plato-worthy.
3. Share one of the earliest memories you have from childhood.
Big family gatherings on holidays. My mother came from a family with 8 children and our house was where they usually got together.
4. When did you last 'hit the mother lode'? What was it?
Well, I recently found a $10 bill in the pocket of a pair of pants I was getting ready to get rid of.
5. What is/was your favorite dish mom made? Do you make that dish for your family/friends now that you're all grown up?
My mom was a good cook....lots of southern style cooking, but I was a picky eater when I was small so I mostly remember things like peanut butter and jelly and grilled cheese sandwiches. Her birthday specialty was German chocolate cake. I haven't made one in a very long time.
6. Mother May I? was at one time a popular children's game. It required no equipment or parts to play. What was your favorite childhood game where you could just turn up and play-no gear needed?
For a time all the neighborhood kids played a game we called Knights and Ladies every evening. There was no gear needed but we did make our own capes out of sheets and swords out of cardboard.
7. Which TV mom (past or present) is your favorite, and why?
Roseanne.....I like the way the show dealt with real family issues.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I think this is one of the best family pictures I have ever seen.
(Friends of my daughter-in-law)