February 6th…“WHO WAS THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON YOU EVER MET, AS A CHILD?”
In my rural lifestyle, surrounded by the bliss of 120 acres of rich, ebony farmland, the most famous person I ever met was my beloved mother, Clarice!
Each day, rather than giving me her autograph (like famous folk do), she’d give us God’s love via her constant care, cooking delicious meals, working beyond sun up to sun down on that farm, giving us loving chastisement and, above all, seeing that we received a spiritual education from her and our local church.
Like an Academy Award winner, Mom was the famous person who taught us fairness, compassion, love for family, etc.. And, when it came to boredom, Mom came to our rescue in teaching us patience and skills by combining our favorite coloring book pages and sewing. We’d put a sheet of carbon paper between our choice of coloring book page and some cloth. Then we had to trace the picture with a soft lead pencil while the carbon ink transferred the image onto the cloth below. Then, Mom would show us how to use different colored thread to “color in” our picture in little itty bitty stitches along the lines we had traced.
Our famous mom was the one who took us on adventures in the evenings by opening books and reading to us before bedtime and then would help us say our prayers.
Usually, our evening prayer went something like this: “Now I lay me, Down to sleep, I pray the Lord, My soul to keep, If I should die, Before I wake, I pray the Lord, My soul to take. Amen”
The dear soul who introduces you to God………now THAT’S a famous person for this Norwegian Farmer’s Son.