Mom’s birthday

Today is a day of remembrance for many.  And it is for yours truly, though not for the events in New York, but rather for one occurring many years earlier in rural, Keyser, West Virginia.  On this date in 1928, my mother was born.

The photo below is one of my favorites of her.  It was taken in the spring of 1929 and shows her as a baby on her mother’s lap with her older sister standing nearby.

Click on the image to view it full-size.

Mom was certainly a multi-faceted woman.  One thing we had in common was our love of sports.  When she was younger she participated in a bowling league and for many years she played tennis with my father and another couple.  But her favorite sport was baseball, even though she never played.  She loved watching the game at all levels: from youth games to the College World Series to the major leagues.  She couldn’t stand the hot, humid Midwest summers we have around here, so she would wait until October to visit and we would watch playoff games almost every night.  And boy was she competitive, especially at card games.  She played bridge for many years and was a cruel, cruel hearts opponent.


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