PICTURED: Linda Green Brewer, right, with her mother Leonara Green in 1990.
My mother is an example of a pure heart and happy spirit. My three siblings and I grew up in a time when a mother was the heart and soul of the family. Her position was to keep the family running smoothly, happy, and well adjusted. My dad and all four children knew we were loved greatly by Mom and felt the comfort and peace that comes with being secure and content with our place in the family. After school, there would be a delicious snack waiting for us, clothers were often hand made, washed and ironed. Favorite meals were prepared and every night there would be time for bedtime stories and prayers. I have many memories of Mother going without, so we children could have. She was always active in our community. Mother taught Sunday School, visited shut-ins, and was a room mother at school, dividing her time between her four children's classrooms. I especially remember how she would bake cakes for carnivel cake walks and was the pocket lady, where kids eyes would get huge just deciding which pocket to put their hand in to receive a much coveted prize. What fun we had as a family!
Yes, those were the good old days. As a 60 year old daughter myself now, I realize just how much my mother's example taught me. Yes, times have changed, but the lessons we are taught of giving of ourselves, loving our neighbor, looking at situations with a positive attitude, never change. My mother is 86 now and legally blind. She has great difficulties managing every day tasks. But her spirit is still very much in tact, loving, caring, and looking for ways to help others. I consider myself so fortunate to have her for a mother. My greatest compliment as her daughter is when others say they see some of the same qualities in me.
They don't realize I had the greatest teacher there is, my mother.
Linda Green Brewer, 60