“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog. ********************************************************************
Mama you’re beautiful
And that’s straight from my heart
Mama you’re wonderful you love right from the start
Mama you are; Mama you are; Mama you’re beautiful to me
The following text (in green) is the Mother’s Day Proclamation that was written by Julia Ward Howe in 1870.
From what I understand, Ms. Howe was addressing all mothers in reference to the great loss of life that occurred during the Civil War for both the North as well as the South.
Sadly, much of what is written in this proclamation is just as relevant today as it was in the late 1800’s —but for any number of different reasons.
My dear friends, I urge you to read this and reflect.
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn All that we have…
Please enjoy this conversation featuring Michelle, the therapist with myself and Dr. K. E. Garland. In this discussion, we talk about motherhood and mothering adults vs younger children.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there!
LadyG loves YOU!😘💋
***This post is dedicated to parents who are working tirelessly to advocate for their children’s well-being. God bless you!
When I was a kid, the month of October bore two special gifts. First, it brought much needed respite from Georgia’s 200° ‘hell hot’ summer days.
And, best of all, it brought the fair!
My friends, I can’t begin to tell you how much my baby brother and I loved going to the fair! While there, we faced down Ferris wheels, haunted houses, bumper cars, and ‘flying pirate’ ships. One of our favorite rides was the Himalayas! Baby, that thing flung us around and around, forwards and backwards! We lived for the music, flashing lights and the carny/DJ yelling “Do you want to go faster?”
Yes my dear hearts, it was ALL good in October at the fair…until it wasn’t!
I thought I’d take a second to thank all of the readers who have supported “The Flowering Vine Series.”
Both Ron and I really appreciate your kind comments about our family.
I inserted this picture of our Grandparents, Leroy (Daddy) and Annie (Mother) so that you can see them as they were in later years.
This picture was taken ONE MONTH prior to our Grandfather’s death.
Here’s the story behind the photo.
Basically, my son had just been born a few months prior and something urged me to go visit my Grandparents and take pictures.
While I can’t say that I had a premonition, I can say that I clearly remember my Grandfather saying to me, as he struggled with his cane to rise from his seat, “Whew Bay, Granddaddy can’t haaaardly get around no more.”
His rich baritone voice wrapped itself so closely around my heart and I tearfully responded, “I know Granddaddy….I know.”
The next month, he was gone.
Friends, I can’t tell you how much we all miss him. He was one of the kindest people I have EVER known and he sincerely loved us all so much.
I distinctly remember how he would wait until EVERYBODY, including all of his children, their spouses and his grandchildren had eaten before he would eat.
He’d say, “Did everybody eat? Did everybody have enough?”
Then, he’d pile the leftovers along with some home grown tomatoes and peppers into his favorite bowl.
Boy let me tell you! That bowl of food looked so GOOOOOD!
God knows they don’t make them like our Granddaddy anymore.
Frankly, there is so much more that can be said about both of our Grandparents, and, as long as you’re interested, we hope to continue sharing those stories here.
Anyway, below is a family tree that includes some of the people that you all have come to know and love.
Because our story includes so much information about our biracial heritage, I decided to include a bit of a descriptor under each person’s name.
Note: The term “mixed race” applies where there is some interracial heritage but the specifics are unknown. “Recent mixed race” indicates that this person had at least one confirmed white parent.
On a related note, both Ron and I would like to offer a special thanks to two Caucasian cousins who were kind enough to share DNA and Family records in order to help us to confirm information on our Grandfather’s side. Had they not been willing to step forward a few more of these boxes would have been marked “unknown.”
Also, a BIG thanks to Ron’s Mom (Jet) and my Dad (Jim) for sharing their memories.
Dear Gwin or LadyG or whoever you call yourself when you write,
This is Mother, and I just want to let you know that I’ve been reading those blots that you and Ronnie have and I enjoy them very well.
I’ve also been looking around at other blots and I’ve found people talking about all kinds of things.
So, with that in mind, I thought I might try writing a blot about how to keep yourself up after you turn 80.
I am hoping that your readers will appreciate this advice as it will stand the test of time.
I keep my meals pretty simple. You know the doctor said I was borderline diabetic so I have to watch my sugar. That being the case, I usually eat 2 small cookies with my lunch and my dinner.
Listen now, don’t ever eat sweets between meals ’cause it won’t balance out–your sugar will go too high. You always need something with it to keep it from shooting up.
Oh and I don’t drink full sugar drinks, I like diet Pepsi with my meals.
Always, always, always make sure your pants and skirts have elastic in the waist so you can be comfortable wherever you go.
A good pair of ear-bobs will help you to look nice and neat.
I bathe with Ivory soap and I always put Oil of Olay on my face; it keeps my skin from wrinkling.
If I’m going out, I use some scissors to cut off any stray hairs that crop up on my chin.
Since my hair started turning gray, I’ve been using V05 hair cream to keep it from going yellow.
Gwin, ain’t nothing worse than a head full of gray hair with a yellow cast to it.
Also make sure you use a good sponge roller for your bangs.
Well, that’s it for now.
I hope that some of your readers will find these tips useful. I’ll go down in the comment section for a little while to answer questions. Tell your readers to begin their comments with “Dear Mother” if they want to talk to me about my blot.
Otherwise, they can talk to you.
***Any information contained in this post is for entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be used as, usurp or supplement professional medical advice. Please consult your physician before changing your diet or exercise routine.
These tips are from a CENTENARIAN…..so there’s that. By the way, she was 82 years old in the picture above. Sadly, she passed away a few years ago 🌹