Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rosie The Riveter ~ "We Can Do It"~!

A Michigan factory worker used as the model for the wartime Rosie the Riveter poster whose inspirational
"We Can Do It !" message became an icon of the feminist movement has died. Geraldine Doyle died Sunday said a spokesman for the Hospice House of Mid Michigan.. She was 86.

It was on the news yesterday.. This is the picture I have that was made into a magnet.. I have it on my refrigerator... Cool m-m-m-?

I remember my mom wearing her scarf on her head like Geraldine.. She wore it like this when she cleaned the house.. When I was a little girl coming to the breakfast table in the morning and seeing my mom with her scarf on her head ~ I knew we would be cleaning and my sister Lynn and I would be helping mom. I also remember when Mom came home from the grocery store she would have these little plastic bags with oleo inside with a red dot. Mom would give each one of us girls one of those bags and we would have to squeeze the oleo until it was soften and then have the red dot squeezed evenly throughout the oleo.. One day I was so glad I got mine done and I took it to my mom thinking I could go out and play.. She told Lynn to give hers to me so she could help mom with something else that needed done. Lynn threw that bag across the room to me and wham bang it hit the armrest corner of the chair which was wooden and that bag exploded all over me and the chair... We both were in shock and Lynn ran to the kitchen to get a towel so we could clean it up before mom saw what happened.. Holy Buckets that oleo did nothing but smear smear smear all over , everywhere~! Now that I'm older I think "Why did Mom have Lynn and I do that job in the living room"? It was a warm day ~ we could of done it outside... Well, anyway it made a memory and I still remember that day.
We had a wonderful Mom who loved us both so much... She died at 54 of bone cancer the day after Christmas 44 years ago.. I was 22 and had 3 children.. I took care of my mom full time for 6 months. Dave and I were having a new home built at this time. The oldest boy, Wally (age 5) stayed with my hubby at his mom's house so he could go to school. I got to see him on week-ends. Richard (almost 2) stayed with me and I had Jodie in September so I took care of Rich and a new baby and Mom.. It was hard at the time and I don't regret having to do this. But I'm so glad I was able to take care of my Mom. We had many great times talking to each other and she loved Wally, Rich and Jodie so much.. Jodie would lay next to my Mom whether she was awake or sleeping. I think Jodie was great therapy for her..four happy people loving each other. Rich loved to sing` so he sang to my Mom. On the good days Mom would always play board games with Rich and me. Too bad my children didn't get to know my Mom better because she was a happy person who loved God with all her heart and soul..and mind.. I missed her so much after she died.. But I will see her again someday.. Ya-Hoo~!
It's foggy today~!! rainy and some of our snow is melted away. Tomorrow it's going to be 57 degrees.. Goodness to be...that is warm for this time of year.. Then on Saturday it's back to cold temperatures again and snow... The birds have been eating like hogs all day and the feeders are empty.. When I get up in the morning I'll get them filled up . Last day of 2010 tomorrow and onto 2011.. You all have a safe New Year's and get ready for a tiggeriffic New Year~!~!
Ta Ta For Now~!~!


rex22lbs said...

Nice tribute to your Mom, Mom. In a way us kids did know her because of your traits and personality. I'm sure she was a great lady.

Dawn said...

That was so beautiful...and the memories almost brought tears (as well as a chuckle)! Your mom sounds like an amazing woman...and from what I read take after her!
I want to wish you a wonderful and blessed New Year!
Hugs to you:)

Nancy said...

Wow, Annie, how did you manage all of that at such a young age? It must have been very difficult at times. I'm sure your mom appreciated everything you did for her and for the family.

We had the high 50's today, but it's dropped to the 20's now and we're expecting freezing rain tomorrow. Sorry, but I'm afraid that's what you might get on Saturday.

Happy New Year to you too and have a great evening.

texwisgirl said...

Wow. 44 years ago and you still have clear memories of it and I'm sure feel a twinge of grief every Christmas. God bless you for the time you gave to your mom (and kids) when she needed you most. :)

Jane said...

I just love this post-- all the memories of your Mom, and how you took care of her. I loved hearing your memories of childhood too. You are an amazing person.
I hope you have a wonderful New Year too!

Home In The Hollow said...

Your Mom sounds like a wonderful woman, Annie! Apparently, you take after her...:)JP

Tracy said...

I stopped by to visit from Nancy's blog and the story about you and your sister as well as your mom was poignant...thank you for sharing! I'm sure you will be connected once again but for now, you have purpose here on Earth!
Happy New Year to you!

Nancy K. said...

I'm so glad that I followed the link from your comment on my blog! I just read all your blog posts on this page ~ they are delightful! Your photos are lovely ~ I too, love the one of the squirrel running with the ear of corn! ;-)

What a charming, homey place to visit. I think I LIKE you!

Wishing you a Joyous New Year!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

...happy new year , my friend

LOVE the bird feeder in the last post....

sending love,
kary and teddy

p.s. loved your teddy story