My friend, Jim Jewell, recently posted on his blog an article that he published in the Lebanon Democrat (TN) about the year 1969, where he was, and Woodstock. http://www.jimjewell.com/?p=1008 I found it stirring memories of where I was and my life at that time. I commented:
No Woodstock for me; married 3 baby boys, ages 6, 5, 2. We were preparing to move to Memphis for Dave to attend law school at MSU, both 39. I taught school so he could attend full-time. He graduated at the top of his class, editor of the Law Review and winner of Moot Court. We were conservative and held disdain for hippies and protestors. He still practices in FL. I retired in 2006. We get along splendidly.
I’m more likely to know hymns and Gregorian chants than rock and roll. But Wesley Markham is teaching me now. I know that Pink Floyd composed music and sounds that were innovative and much appreciated now and then. Their album Dark Side of the Moon remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. I have always liked The Doors, and especially their music Rider’s of the Storm and Light My Fire. I knew and recognized Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix before, who doesn’t? But it was a surprise when Mark found me listening to some hot licks by Hendrix. He said, “I’ve got the coolest mom.”
This might be a strange Mother’s day post. The purpose is two-fold: to stir memories and to show how little things our children say resonate and endure. I’m proud to be a cool mom today. Happy Mother’s day to all my friends, even those who weren’t even a gleam in their parents eyes.