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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy 90th Birthday Mom!

Truth be told, I had a "FUN" Mom! When I was little she worked in a book store and encouraged us to read! She then owned a Wig & Beauty Shop on Central Ave in Albuquerque! For years I never knew what color her real hair was because she wore a different wig everyday to advertise! She loved to sew, like alot of Moms did back then...to have a ready made outfit from a store was a real treat for me! It was a Cardinal Sin to use her sewing scissors for anything but cloth! She even sewed most of my "trousseau" when I married Stephen in 1973! She raised four crazy kids, I was the youngest! Both my Mom & Dad graduated from OU, so I grew up with big time "Sooner Fans"! Mom's major was Drama....and that alone can explain alot of things about my Mom! She had a great sense of humor!!! A dramatic flair for everything in life! Above all else she wanted us to have and use our common sense! After I married she moved back to the family's home town, El Reno, Oklahoma! As a widow in a small town she stayed active by selling real estate, leading roles in the community theater, her church and yes....bridge club! She came to visit us in California every year... she loved to go to garage sales & to antique stores... Beau & Meg call her "Garnie" She was very creative and loved arts & crafts! She always had a kitty cat! Her name is Dorismae Beecham Watts....her father was a book keeper and her mother was a piano teacher! Mom loved politics and she faithfully read her bible every morning! Today she turns 90 years old!!!!! Wow!!!!

I drove down to see Mom the other day to wish her a Happy Birthday and a Happy Mother's Day! She didn't understand, she didn't know who I was and she doesn't remember anything about the past 90 years of her life. She had a little pony tail on top of her head like the way we put baby Dillan's hair up! She chit chats sometimes but it's all a jumble of things....she's not sad or angry.... she actually seems rather happy in a way? She has been bedfast for 5 years and I often wonder what it would be like to never be vertical again? As I was leaving, I reached down to hug & kiss what's left of my 80 lb frail Mother and I told her that I loved her and she said she loved me too!
Alzheimers Disease


DAnna said...

Hm-m-m.....a drama major! That does explain a lot! :-)

Your mom was lots of fun. It was always neat to be at your house when we were in high school.

Great photos....you look a lot like her!

Janie Taylor said...

Thanks DAnna, that was such a nice compliment!!!! You made my day! Happy Mother's Day tomorrow!