As I continue to write entries in this BLOG. I need to develop a writing “personna” so I will experience the realization of having been here before!! Have spent time with my college roommate these past couple days … so I will remember activities with … or parallel to … Karenanne’s. Karenanne lost her husband … Bob … around the spring before Pete passed. Karenanne and Bob had seven children. I have already told Karenanne that I am jealous of all her grandchildren. They are certainly providing a very full life for her now!!!
Should I develop my “homemaker personna?” In particular do I relearn knitting so I can do something while I watch television …or while I listen to audio books??? When Lori was around 7 or 8 years old I taught myself to knit so I could teach Lori to knit. I am not sure why I thought teaching a child knitting and crocheting were part of the necessary skills a child needed to have for appropriate growth!!! I did feel that way ,,, so ,,, The other day, someone was talking about knitting, and I felt very much that I would enjoy the finished product if I went back to knitting. My mind flipped to crocheting vests or something like scarves!!1 Christmas???
April 28, 2020 I started the above two paragraphs a little while ago ... I guess two weeks. I have really done nothing since then … but I want to write!!! Around last week-end, I spent Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday either in bed or putting my clothes on… I absolutely felt like doing nothing … and my legs hurt so badly!!! Before those days … and today, I did get dressed … and have gone for my walk. It was a good walk and my legs did not hurt nearly as much as before.
I have spent time watching public TV here. Last week I saw several films on the Roosevelts. I have always liked Eleanor Roosevelt … maybe, felt sorry for her. When I heard that the President Roosevelt kept his mistress at the “hot water springs” where he tried to help his legs … from childhood polio, I was not too pleased with him. And, Eleanor was busy trying to help the poor!!
Today public TV began a series on the United States … from the Thirties on. In particular, the film is now about the ’60s. I almost find it impossible to think of all that was going on in the ’60s … and it really just went by me … and Pete. There was the March on Selma; there were the protest marches; there was the violence in Mississippi. Several of our professors would go to Mississippi over weekends to help if they could. One in particular was Professor XXXXX … I do not remember his name !!! And he was a topologist, and I kept in touch with him past the time of these happenings!!! He was quite vocal on what was happening in Mississippi … the highlight being when he laid down in the middle of the Tulane football field during intermission in a football game.. It was suggested that he leave Tulane, and he went to Purdue, Case Western … something in that area!!!
And, all of that was happening … and I did not know it. Lori was born January of 1963; I was not well after she was born, and it took me a whole semester to come back to my level of life and teaching. I think Pete and I both received our Master’s that year … that really required nothing of us. We hired Grandma Downing to take care of Lori. A total blessing. That is a person who entered our lives at that time … a miracle … just when we needed her. Come Fall, Pete and I were both back teaching the schedule we should have — and with Grandma Downing … I knew Lori was being taken care of. Come November 22, 1963, Kennedy was shot…It was a Friday … Pete and I got home about 5:00 PM, and Grandma Downing was complaining that we did not have a television — and the whole weekend … and more TV … would be about the shooting of JFK!!! Grandma Downing stayed with Lori, and Pete and I went out to buy a television. We did; we came home, and Pete hooked it up. We now had a television.
We watched the entire pre-funeral and funeral … and post funeral. USA Presidents are not shot. MLKjr had been shot not that long ago. Bobby Kennedy was shot. And, now, JFK. I know the people shooting our children in classrooms are the worst … but I could not, … at that time … fathom a president shot.!!!
How did I get on this topic??? I looked back, and it was the Public TV program I was watching!!!
I love y’all … before I close I want to mention my lovely, beautiful niece who took a picture from the 2014 family reunion and one from the 2016 family reunion … framed them, and sent a finished copy of each to me… When I fall asleep at night, I am looking directly at the picture of Pete in the 2014 family picture reunion!!! I love y’all.
I am OK. I am eating too much. Trying to balance weight and walking. Not doing a good job. We are still in quarantine … and I am happy that way. It will be interesting to see what orders we get… now that we are loosening up a bit … but not in this assisted living complex!!! My nails really need help. I had them done the week before we closed up. I am about 4 weeks into needing a new set. But I am scared to go out.