You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.
May God bless our mothers
The recent Mother’s Day observance reminded me of the blessed effect mothers have on our lives.
My mother was a hardworking person with very few conveniences, but did her best to give my brothers and me the best in life that she could.
We had a very limited income, so she laundered and ironed for the teachers and superintendent of the Floresville Grammar and High School. She did not have the luxury of a washing machine or clothes dryer. The work consisted of scrubbing the clothes on a wash board, boiling the clothes in a black kettle in the back yard, and transferring the clothes from the boiling water with a broom handle to a wash tub with water, bluing, and starch.
She then took the clothes from the water and wrung them out by hand. She then hung them on a clothesline to dry. She ironed them on an ironing board.
When I was in the ninth grade, we moved to San Antonio. I was allowed to stay with my maternal grandfather to complete my school year. My Aunt Tavita commented, “You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy.”
My stepgrandmother treated me as one of her own. She prepared a very tasty pastry she called turcos, which resembled buenelos. She would tell me “Come y calla” which means, “eat this, but be quiet about it.”
My maternal grandmother died at a very young age and left six young children. Before she died, she was concerned for the welfare of her children should she die. She advised my grandfather to marry Sara Pacheco if she did not survive a pending appendectomy. Her premonition materialized.
My wife taught our children to read before they started school. She dressed them immaculately. When our daughter Velma married and gave birth to our first grandchild, Erica, my wife asked our daughter to bring Erica to our home when she decided to resume working.
When our second granddaughter, Adriana, was born, my wife went to our daughter’s home to care for both children. Our daughter’s husband’s job took them to live in Corpus Christi.
One night he called us to tell us Velma had gone into labor with her third child. It was midnight, but my wife did not hesitate. We immediately left for Corpus. A neighbor was caring for our two granddaughters. The next morning, we were notified that we had a grandson, Nicolas. We stayed there for a few days helping our daughter.
We did not have much involvement with the birth of our son’s child, our second grandson, Ryan. My son’s job had taken him to St. Charles, Missouri. But we were there to witness that birth.
God bless our mothers.
Rudy Elizondo is Julia Castro’s nephew and formerly of Floresville.
Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
South Texas Living Archives
Benefit for animal shelter is Aug. 1 (July 29, 2015)
Cestohowa Altar Society ladies celebrate 60 years of service (July 29, 2015)
Church youth to hold car wash (July 29, 2015)
Don’t miss Kosciusko Picnic this Sunday (July 29, 2015)
Free movie Friday in Poth (July 29, 2015)
Historical marker denotes former school site (July 29, 2015)
Legion Auxiliary garage sale Aug. 1 (July 29, 2015)
Life in the Camp Ranch community (July 29, 2015)
Luciano Pacheco – the sole Tejano survivor of the Alamo (July 29, 2015)
Opry helps fund historical markers (July 29, 2015)
Popeye beach pail (July 29, 2015)
See a free flick in Elmendorf (July 29, 2015)
Stuff the bus in Stockdale (July 29, 2015)
Summer program ends at Falls City library (July 29, 2015)
WCRSP delivers children’s books to schools (July 29, 2015)
Balance classes start July 27 (July 22, 2015)
Be a high roller in Floresville (July 22, 2015)
Bobble-head Bozo (July 22, 2015)
Cool down with free snow cones (July 22, 2015)
Copper-pot craftsmanship — CINCO Vodka (July 22, 2015)
Marion Sausage Supper is Aug. 1 (July 22, 2015)
Mu Chi members attend state convention (July 22, 2015)
Opry lineup is sure to satisfy (July 22, 2015)
Save the date for Kody Fest Aug. 8 (July 22, 2015)
Shop ‘Trinkets and Treasures’ (July 22, 2015)
SSCA seeks donations for rummage sale (July 22, 2015)
Start two-stepping at FUMC (July 22, 2015)
Texas sales-tax holiday (July 22, 2015)
The Landing offers help for teens (July 22, 2015)
What a difference an ‘A’ makes! (July 22, 2015)
Browse, learn, shop at Home and Garden Show (July 15, 2015)
Celebrate Czech Day in Jourdanton (July 15, 2015)
Daughters of the Republic installs officers (July 15, 2015)
Enjoy St. Anthony church fest (July 15, 2015)
Experience ‘The Hobbit’ under the stars (July 15, 2015)
Free Movies at the Park in Poth (July 15, 2015)
Learn to compost with worms (July 15, 2015)
Legion Auxiliary plans garage sale (July 15, 2015)
Library happenings (July 15, 2015)
Mystery blanket sparks search (July 15, 2015)
Night In Old Fredericksburg is July 18 (July 15, 2015)
Plan now for Beaver Roundup (July 15, 2015)
Teddy bears, pottery (July 15, 2015)
The bridges of Wilson County (July 15, 2015)
‘Atomic tourists’ converge on Trinity Site ahead of 70th anniversary (July 15, 2015)
Behind the lens: Cover photo (July 8, 2015)
Bobby Flores Birthday Bash is July 11 (July 8, 2015)
Early settlers of Wilson County (July 8, 2015)
Enjoy ‘Big Hero 6’ at Movie Day (July 8, 2015)
Enjoy ‘Cool Tunes’ in Brenham (July 8, 2015)
Family violence shelter seeks volunteers (July 8, 2015)
Family weekend fun in Adkins (July 8, 2015)
FHS Reunion is July 25 (July 8, 2015)
Fishing lures (July 8, 2015)
Give blood at Sacred Heart Church (July 8, 2015)
Hamilton earns rank of captain (July 8, 2015)
Memorial hog hunt a hit! (July 8, 2015)
Save the date for Home and Garden Show (July 8, 2015)
See comedians in China Grove (July 8, 2015)
‘Alabama’ to invade K-Town (July 8, 2015)
‘Dying’ brings broadcaster back to life (July 8, 2015)
Bible study in Verdi (July 1, 2015)
Buses, pickup trucks, automobiles, and walking (July 1, 2015)
Davy Crockett, Depression glass (July 1, 2015)
Dog shows start July 8 (July 1, 2015)
Enjoy Fourth of July parade, concert in Seguin (July 1, 2015)
Enjoy Sunday Dances all month (July 1, 2015)
Free July 4 concerts in SA (July 1, 2015)
Free music, fireworks in Brenham (July 1, 2015)
Ice cream makers, tasters needed (July 1, 2015)
Jack's Cafe adds Sports Room and patio (July 1, 2015)
July is for grape stomping (July 1, 2015)
Look who's flying solo! (July 1, 2015)
Memories fly following balloon stories (July 1, 2015)
Register for state-wide Chili Cook-off (July 1, 2015)
Remembering my first haircut (July 1, 2015)
Savor: Summer drinks with calories and exercise equivalents (July 1, 2015)
South Texas Gardener reveals 'mystery plants' (July 1, 2015)
The Gathering Music Show (July 1, 2015)