These drawings do not have a title, date or assignment number. Just the drawings. I wonder what the prompt was.
Here’s a list from 1973. My mom would have been 33. I especially like my dad’s addition near the bottom. And the back is priceless . I think Mom was simply creative and she really just wanted to draw. Draw and make lists — even for other people. I was not given a list, I guess. I wonder what my jobs were.
- to save space I only scanned the text and drawing [↩]
I was 17 and following my mom’s tradition of making birthday collages when I made this for my mom. I don’t remember making it, but I know I did make collages — Just like Mom did for me and other folks.
My mom was an artist — not professionally, but she did have talent at drawing. I found the pencil drawing below among her things and I think it is of a neighbor. I know Mom drew (in chalk) a portrait of Marie, Jean’s older sister who died when she was around a year old. Her mom, June, gave it to me, along with a drawing of their house that Mom drew, at my Mom’s funeral.
This drawing was not in a frame, but matted (with black construction paper) and behind glass, in a box in the attic. I don’t know if she was going to give it to June and changed her mind or maybe this is not Jean at all.
What do you think? Is this Jean? I vaguely remember she had a haircut like that — and the dates match.
While Mom’s bottle of Topaz is long-gone, I have two empty, but still fragrant, bottles of Evening in Paris.
Occasionally I open one of the bottles and take a sniff. I can still feel that weird, I don’t want you to leave, emotion I had when my parents would go out for the night.
This was written November 1966. Probably 4th grade.
I love my parents very much. I need them very much because if I did not have them I cold not tell them my troubles.
My dad is a mechanic. He is the only speedometer man in Elgin and my mom is a housewife. They both love me and I love me and I love them.
For my birthday once I got to go and see a movie called “Jack the Giant Killer” and then I got a kitten for my birthday. And I got a radio and alarm clock. But before my brother was born I got to do more things than now. I love my mom and dad. They spank me sometimes but I love them very much. They kiss me every day when I go to bed or when I get up in the morning or when I go somewhere and when I eat a good meal.
No comment on this one…
I have in front of me a business envelope on which are two recipes in my mother’s handwriting written in pencil. The date stamp on the envelope is September 14, 1995.
- 1 ½ lb. beef top round
- ¾ c. flour
- ½ t. salt
- ⅛ t. pepper
- ¼ c. Coors beer
- ¼ oil
- 2 T flour
- 1 c. milk
- ½ c Coors beer
- Cut meat into 6 pieces.
- Pound steak between waxed paper til thin (1/4 inch thick).
- Stir together ¾ c. flour, salt, and pepper.
- Dip meat in flour mixture, then in beer, then in flour again
- Brown in hot oil in skillet, turning once (3 to 5 minutes per side)
- Remove meat and keep warm
- Blend 2 T. flour in drippings
- Stir in milk and beer.
- Cook until thickened and bubbly.
- Cook and stir 1 – 2 minutes, serve as gravy.
- 1 lb. ground beef
- ½ c. chopped onion
- 1 12 oz. can of beer
- 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
- 1 4 oz. can chopped chilies
- 1 T. Chili powder
- ½ t. sugar
- 8 6-inch corn tortillas
- cooking oil
- 1 16 oz. can refried beans (warmed in a pan or in the microwave)
- shredded lettuce
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 2 c shredded Monterey jack cheese (8 oz)
- 1 avocado, seeded, peeled and sliced
- Brown beef and onion until meat is brown
- Stir in beer, tomato paste, green chilies, chili powder, sugar, and salt
- Heat to boiling.
- Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 20 minutes or until desired consistency.
- Meanwhile, cook tortillas in hot oil for 20 to 40 seconds on each side until crisp and golden
- Drain on paper towel
- Spoon beans, meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato and avocado on tortillas