I wanted to give a “Shout Out” to my (Mary) mom, Jean! Today is her birthday, and she is 85 years old today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!
She is an amazing woman. We all love her so much. My kids talk about how much they love to call her because she is so fun, and funny! She has great stories.
Jean grew up as the youngest of 3, with two big brothers to watch over her, Joe and Robert. She tells of a time that she retaliated against their teasing by running after them with scissors. And then she sternly tells us not to do that!
She had fun with them too. As a teenager, she often went with one of her brothers to a dance hall near Seguin, TX, where she is from. My eyes pop wide open when she casually tells me that Willie Nelson played there regularly before he was famous.
She also rode on the back of a motorcycle and wore a leather jacket during one period of her life.
While working as a waitress at Butcher Boys, a group of brothers would regularly come in and eat. They would tease her and ask her what a nice girl like her was doing in a place like this. She’d quip, “Looking for a husband. But none of you fit the bill.”
One day one of the brothers was missing. Jean jokingly asked, “Where’s your compadre?”
They answered, “Oh, he got married.”
Later that evening, as Jean was closing, the missing brother, Myron, walked in. He ordered, and sat at the table a long time. Finally he got the nerve up to ask her out.
Her jaw dropped and she blurted out, “I don’t think that would be a good idea. What would your wife say?” He was flabbergasted until he realized his brothers had set him up. They later married on April 1! No foolin’.
When I became a teenager, my friends all loved my mom. She was the one they all went to for advice and help. She knew EVERYTHING! They knew she wouldn’t tell their parents.
She helped me overcome my shyness. She encouraged me to practice talking to boys by starting with the neighbor. “Just say hi and practice talking to him so that when the boy comes along that you like, you’ll feel more comfortable.”
Her encouragement led to me going to events and groups by myself and talking to strangers. I’m still shy, but love talking to people. I owe that to her.
Our kids remember one time that she visited us. She kept telling us that we wouldn’t recognize her at the airport. We were thinking…she got a haircut, lost weight? She showed up with glasses and a red nose! Her grandkids have lots of great memories of time spent with her.
I hope you have a great birthday, Mom, even through all this Coronavirus stuff. You are a special lady and your family loves you!