An Old Slow Poke (Gladys)

1943-08-21 (GRY)Letter transcription:

AUG. 21-1943

Dear Daddy – Your Mother went home this morning. I suppose she thinks I am an old slow poke but I couldn’t keep up to her tempo. One day while she was here besides the regular work which I think enough to keep one busy, we picked and canned 4 qts. of beans and made jelly with some old grape juice we had in the basement. She said if she had been home she could have got a lot more done. I think she feels pretty good. She didn’t seem to have any complaints and I know she can do more work in a day than I can. We got David’s cast off yesterday and he is using his leg almost normally today. At first his knee didn’t work as good but it is gradually getting stronger. While in the cast I gave him all his milk from a bottle but started today on the cup again. Want to have him drinking all his milk from a cup by 1 year. Mother doesn’t seem to feel so good today. I gave her a bath and she is so thin and frail – not much to her. Dr. Cole told me to give her Vit. B shots until he examined her Sun., then after deciding she has a malignancy thought the shots wouldn’t do much good. Jim called me Thurs. nite after getting the letter I sent him Sun. He wanted to know if there is anything to be done. Dr. Cole says she is too weak to stand surgery. Rec’d your letters of Aug. 10 & 11 – The 9th hasn’t arrived yet. Will send some more pictures in a few days. Tomorrow is John’s birthday and will try to get some pictures taken then.

Love – Mother

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2 thoughts on “An Old Slow Poke (Gladys)

  1. davidmadison1942

    You gotta know that Roscoe’s mother had to put in18-20 hour days on the farm, raising all those kids. She didn’t know how to be in “slow mode.”

    How sad to hear about Gladys’ mother and what she had to go through: “I gave her a bath and she is so thin and frail – not much to her.”

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      Oh, definitely! Lovina was the proverbial farmer’s wife. She grew up on a farm, with 8+ siblings. Without modern refrigeration, you had to prepare and save food for half the year. If you weren’t busy doing one thing, you would quickly find something else to do. It amazing me that she also had time for quilting and sewing.


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