Mothers 17 August 2016


Scan 131780011I never knew my mother, but I know some things about her. I know she liked to stay in touch because she often wrote long letters to her sisters and her friends. I know she was very smart as she was admitted to Creighton when that was a rarity for women. I know she was committed to her faith and family, giving up her college to marry and raise her family.

I know she must have loved my father and her children Scan 131780022deeply because she is missed still. I also know she died young because medicine was not what it is now and time got away while she sickened. But I also know my father was with her and that his heart was broken by canoe trip07her death. I was only about twenty months old.

I know that there must be parts of me that come from her, at least it makes me feel closer to her thinking that. Her sisters and brother, my two aunts and uncle, kept her alive for us. They have the letters and pictures she sent and the stories they remember and our lives are the richer, having them.

About Sally Gerard

I am a writer, runner, teacher, singer, guitar player, mom, lover, coffee drinker, hunter, antique tractor driver, horsewoman, sister, and lover of the outdoors. Did I mention that I love lighthouses?
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2 Responses to Mothers 17 August 2016

  1. Sally Gerard says:

    Thanks for correcting my information here, Julie. I always get it somewhat muddled up in my brain! She must have been an amazing woman.


  2. julieburgii says:

    She loved us and left a great legacy in her children. She did graduate from Creighton and was elected to the Student Board of Governors: the first woman! She was accepted to medical school there but opted for marriage and family instead. I think the choices were more limited for her generation, but she is smiling down on what her children have done are doing! I wish I had more memories, but you are right: the written letters and the photos bring her back to us in precious moments of memory. Thank you for sharing this today. I love you, sis!


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