With Mother's Day not too far off, here's a 1921 photo of a somewhat weary looking mother with the three youngest of her five children. She was my grandmother, Ida Ellen Bennington Huffman, of Pine Bank, Pa. Her youngest is my mother, Katherine, born May 9, 1920. The other children are Eva, 6, and Jacob, 4.
On Mother's Day this year, my mother will turn 90. Exactly a week later, on the 16th, my father turns 94. He's thinking he might finally give up driving this year, but can't figure out how he will get to the VFW on poker night.
Mona Moore retired in 2006 after 30 years as a reporter and editor with The Press of Atlantic City. She has since reinvented herself as an artist/crafter, jewelry maker and teacher. Her work can be found at The Maple Tree in Seaville, Primrose in Somers Point, Small Craft Advisory in Stone Harbor and the Riverfront Renaissance Art Center in Millville. Her etsy site is www.bluemooncrft.etsy.com.
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A secret weapon
“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air and send millions of little parachutes floating down to earth -- boxes of Crayolas. Not little boxes of eight. Boxes of 64, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime. And people would smile and get a funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.” --Robert Fulghum