Mother Is a Verb

Mother Is a Verb

Mother is a verb. I was blessed with a mother who definitely put the verb in mother! She could have taught the course on it.

My mother lived from 1912 to 1990. She used to marvel about how blessed she was that she had seen the world change from horse-and-buggy days to putting a man on the moon!

When Mother Learned That Mother Is a Verb

My mother was a very good student.Mother is a verb. I was blessed with a mother who definitely put the verb in mother! She could have taught the course on it.

She wanted to go to college, but she graduated from high school in the middle of The Great Depression. While her family had jobs and always had enough to eat, there was no money for college.

So my mother got a job as the nanny/housekeeper/cook for a well-to-do pastor whose wife was ill. Mother, age 19, took care of the three children, the sick wife, the house, the meals, and even cooked and decorated a well-set table for the visiting dignitaries that this pastor frequently hosted in his home!

After a few years, the pastor’s wife, thankfully, recovered from her illness. So Mother started working for a doctor.

Mother Became a Nurse

Dr. N was an “old country doctor in the city.”  He received patients in his office, but he also made a lot of house-calls. Mother was his one-girl staff in the office: receptionist, file clerk, and medical assistant. She never received any formal nurse’s training, but Dr. N taught her everything he wanted her to know. She went with him on many of his house-calls and even helped deliver babies in the patients’ homes.

Mother Became Rosie the RiveterMother is a verb. I was blessed with a mother who definitely put the verb in mother! She could have taught the course on it.

About the time that America got into World War II, Dr. N retired. So Mother got a job helping to produce bombers at the Douglas Aircraft Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In mother’s job, she was supposed to bicycle all over the plant to the various buildings, but she never managed to learn how to ride a bike. No problem. Mother had done a lot of skating in Oklahoma City as a child, so instead of using a bicycle, Mother skated all over the plant!

Mother Became a Wife

My parents’ love story is very interesting, but that’s for another post. For this story, it’s enough to know that Daddy had been stationed overseas but was then assigned to travel to various Army posts across the South in 1945.

On Christmas Eve, 1944, my mother and father got married. Mother, having quit her job in Tulsa, traveled with Daddy from post to post. They always said that it was a wonderful way to begin a marriage, and they were grateful that Daddy’s assignment allowed them to be together during a time that many couples had to be apart.

Mother Became a Mother

Mother is a verb. I was blessed with a mother who definitely put the verb in mother! She could have taught the course on it.

Mother and Me, circa 1951.

The war ended. Mother and Daddy returned to Oklahoma. I was born when Mother was 34 years old, in November of 1946. I’m an only child.

My mother devoted her life to caring for others, especially me and Daddy. My mother met my needs, usually before I knew I had a need. Mother was a servant. She served in the community, in my school, and in our church.

When I started school, she became homeroom mother.

When I wanted to be in Brownies and Girl Scouts, she became the troop mother.

When it was time for Vacation Bible School, she became the VBS principal.

She was the church treasurer and taught the young married women’s Sunday School Class.

Mother Honored the Lord

Mother wouldn’t be happy with me if I allowed the focus of this article to remain on her instead of the Lord. She would want you to know that it was the Lord who provided her abilities.

Mother is a verb. I was blessed with a mother who definitely put the verb in mother! She could have taught the course on it.She secured the job with the pastor’s family because her hard-working mother and grandmother had taught her how to cook and take care of a house. She learned even more from the pastor and his wife while she served in their home. She learned nursing skills because God provided Dr. N to teach her.

She would say, “God provides exactly what we need at the exact moment that we need it.”

There are more stories to share about my mother, but I think this one adequately explains that I was blessed with a mother who mothered! Yes, Mother was a verb!

 

Mother is a verb. I was blessed with a mother who definitely put the verb in mother! She could have taught the course on it.

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