Sunday, May 11, 2008

Bittersweet Mother's Day

I'm glad when folks still have their Mom to remember and honor and take to dinner on this day but I still miss mine terribly. Her name was Mary Elizabeth Wetzel Peddie. She stood about 5' 2" in her stocking feet and was a brunette with hazel eyes. In her later years, she also got broad width-wise so I can claim I come by my shape naturally.

Called Mary Lib by her friends (but never by her children-) she encouraged all my writing efforts and was relieved when I finally used my college degree to some worthy end. After I dedicated book #3 to her (Crosspatch in 1989), she stopped bugging me about having children and contented herself with introducing me as "My daughter, the author."

The picture on the upper right was taken in 1952 or 1953. Mom looks tired. I was kid #3 and we were living in Frankfurt, Germany where my dad was in the CIA. Dad could never have done the things he did if Mom hadn't been there for him--they were a team. The other picture (left below) was taken between 1975 and 1979. Dad had retired from the Air Force and was now an Episcopalian minister. Kids were leaving home so Mom started an herb company, something she'd always been interested in. She kept Rutland Herbs going after another move to Maysville KY and Dad's passing in 1985.

The new red elements on this blog page are in honor of my mother-red was her favorite color. She had an incredible collection of sexy red nightgowns. I am so lucky to have had this amazing woman for my mother.

Happy Mothers Day to all.


Carol Sc said...

Pepper, I remember meeting your Mom in Paducah (probably in 1989, but I'm not sure). We were standing in the cutting line at Hancock's and were amazed at the coincidence that I was from Lansing and knew you. We shared a lovely conversation and some laughs (it helped pass the time ---the line was looooong!). ... and, yes, she was very proud of you. My Mom passed away in March and I realized that this is the first Mother's Day of memories, without the person to kiss and hug.

Christine Thresh said...

You look just like your mother (in the top picture). Amazing.

Jeana said...

What a lovely tribute to your mother Pepper. She must have been a great mom to have given you wings and courage to become the joyful independent person you are. Thanks for sharing her with us!

Anonymous said...

I'm John Peddie Schirmer. I have photos of your Mom at a "Peddie Boy" reunion in the mid 1950s.
I'm trying to track down some information about your grandfather, my great uncle Henry Scott Crawford Peddie and his wife, Jessica Belle Thompson. Can you help me?