This year I am writing about my mom, and what she did thirty years ago. My sister recently gave me mom’s diary from 1989 and as I read it I will mention the things she and my step-dad did that were interesting. I’ll also include a few “Legacy Questions” that your children will find interesting about you, but that they may have never thought to ask. Just jot down the questions and the answers for your children to “discover” later. In 1989 the world was a different place. No one knew what a “dot com” was. Sears… Circuit City… Toys R’ Us… were all thriving. And if you asked someone about Amazon… they’d tell you about the jungle. The economy was weakening as it headed into the 1990 recession. That’s the backdrop as we talk about what my mother and step-father were doing back then. May, 1989 – Mom and Papa E. sold their little house in Florida in April, so they had to pack up all their things and be out by May 11th. They owned their home place in Columbia, NC and that’s where they were heading back to. But they had made some good friends in Florida and hated leaving them for what they knew would be forever. So they put off packing until about the last two days until they had to go. It’s sort of humanizing to know that my mom was a procrastinator, just like we all tend to be at times. Even though I’ll probably mention this again, what mom wrote about mostly was what they had to eat and which doctors they saw on which days. It is still good to read it, though, because as I do I can still hear mom’s voice in my head. And that is comforting. I have now read the first five months of mom’s 1989 diary. As I read further into the year there is something that is making me ashamed or myself. Mom would mention it any day she got a call from one of her kids. So each month there would be some calls from Carolyn, Mary Beth and Donna, and one occasionally from Haywood. But I haven’t seen too many times where she mentioned that I’d called her. Mom seemed to live for those calls, but I never knew it. She never mentioned it. I do wish now that I’d picked up the phone each week and talked to my mother for awhile. It would have been the right thing to do. I thought I was too busy. I wasn’t. And today, if my son and daughter don’t call me every now and then, I just need to see it as what goes around comes around. It’s my own fault. If you’re reading this and you still have your mom or dad, I encourage you make sure you call and let them know how much you love them. I can assure you, they will never tire of hearing it. Here are this month’s “Legacy Questions” for you to answer. Your Early Childhood
1. What was your elementary school like when you attended? 2. What were your best and worst subjects in school? 3. What chores did you have to do around the house? 4. When you misbehaved, what was your normal punishment? 5. What did you want to be when you grew up?