My mom was from South Louisiana and always the lady. She was one of the kindest women I have ever known. She hated to make a scene, was always concerned that her daughters behave in a fashion that wouldn’t draw attention to them in a negative way. (Didn’t succeed in that one ) Despite all her “properness” she had these kind of quirky things she did that still bring a grin to my face when I think of them. I wondered what kind of quirks the women in VN’s mothers might have had. Here is a few of my mom’s off the top of my head.
1. She never went without polish on her toenails. It was pink the day she died. I saw them peeking out from the hospital sheet.
2. She wrapped toilet tissue around her hair ever night and put a hair net over it to sleep in. I still have the net stored in a suitcase with the tissue inside. I guess it is one of my idosyncracies.
3. She called panties “Step-ins” I read a book by Jill McCorkle once. She used the word step-ins. It is the ONLY other time I have seen the word used.
4. She had this hideous ceramic conch shell ashtray that she kept out for smokers. She didn’t smoke. I have it stored with the hairnet.
5. She loved chjocolate covered cherries, chamber music and Hank Williams. When I saw the display of the cherries the first Christmas after she died, I left the store in tears, though I smile when I see them now.