May 10, 2015


This is my Mother.
She was so many things......to all of us.

She loved and adored cats. 
I don't think she ever lived without a cat and therefore, neither have we.
She received her BS degree in Nursing from White Cross Hospital in 
Columbus, Ohio.
She was a charge nurse
when she met my Daddy,
who was a medical student
at Ohio State University.
They married in 1943.

This is mother standing in the side yard at my grandparents house in Ohio. 
The window right above her was the music room
which was like a formal living room.

This was in my grandmother's backyard.

This is mother (right) and her cousin Ruth (left).
I posted about Ruth's story previously.
Ruth was the daughter of my grandmother's brother, Joe and he was married to Tice.
Tice and Joe divorced and Ruth came to live with my grandmother.
Ruth and mother were about one year apart, but in the same grade in school.
Mother skipped a year in elementary school, and she graduated high school at 16. 

Mother often told stories of the dates she and Ruth went on.
I remember when she said they both went to a dance in their nightgowns!
The nightgowns were slinky Jean Harlow type gowns and 
they thought they looked like a million bucks! 
Wonder what my grandmother thought of this?

This was when Registered Nurses looked like nurses!
Your cap reflected which school you 
graduated from and 
your entire uniform was white,
complete with white stockings! 
You were not allowed to be married while
in nursing school during those days. 
I know she loved living in Columbus! 

“When God Created Mothers"

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of "overtime" when the angel appeared and said. "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And God said, "Have you read the specs on this order?" She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts...all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said. "Six pairs of hands.... no way."

It's not the hands that are causing me problems," God remarked, "it's the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have."

That's on the standard model?" asked the angel. God nodded.

One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, 'What are you kids doing in there?' when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn't but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. 'I understand and I love you' without so much as uttering a word."

God," said the angel touching his sleeve gently, "Get some rest tomorrow...."

I can't," said God, "I'm so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick...can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger...and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower."

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. "It's too soft," she sighed.

But tough!" said God excitedly. "You can imagine what this mother can do or endure."

Can it think?"

Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise," said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.

There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

It's not a leak," said the Lord, "It's a tear."

What's it for?"

It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride."

You are a genius, “said the angel.

Somberly, God said, "I didn't put it there.” 

~Erma Bombeck, "When God Created Mothers."


  1. Oh so true! I know many stories about nurses in regard to not being allowed to marry in nurses training. I know of one who married anyway, kept it secret, and kept a pregnancy secret until she was able to graduate. My own mother left nurses training after a year to marry. I loved the piece you shared...lots of truth in it! A very Happy Mother's Day to you!

    1. So happy you enjoyed this post today Vee. Have a lovely and blessed day!

  2. Beautiful tribute. I enjoyed learning all about your mom!!

    1. Thank you Diane! I so appreciate this! I hope your day was lovely! Blessings to you!

  3. What a sweet tribute to your little mother! She was a looker - look at her with her midriff and long legs! :) Sounds like she was quite a lady and I love the snap of he in her nurses uniform. My first job was working in Respiratory Therapy and I so remember when all the nurses' hats were different. Loved it. Happy Mother's day.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

    1. Thank you so very much Shelia! I so hope your special day was lovely! Have a wonderful week and big hugs to you!

  4. You said it all very well. I truly enjoyed this wonderful mother's post.

    1. Thank you LV! I so very much appreciate you stopping by Estelle's today! Wishing you a lovely week ahead!

  5. Your mom was very pretty. My Aunt Lillian was a nurse in the 30's and 40's and she wore the same white ....hat, uniform, hose, shoes...everything was starched to high Heaven...I could hear her "swishing", coming down the hall. My daughter is a registered nurse and she had a darling nurses cap and cape they wore for a short time...now, scrubs....so different.
    Hope your day was awesome and did I tell you I have your berry biscuits on my post today?

    1. I am so glad to know this BJ! Cannot wait to read your post and hopefully, all about your Mother's Day! Hope the week ahead is just awesome!

  6. I like the cape on the nursing uniform, very classy. Nice story from Erma.


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