It was the spring of 1942 and my mom is holding me outside our apartment on Earl Street in St. Paul, Minnesota. We were to live there throughout the war. I was five when we moved. I learned many things from her then and later. Here are just a few of the things she taught me:
1. Ophthalmology: "If you don't eat your carrots you'll become blind.
2. Receiving justice: "You are going to get it when your father gets home!!!
3. Roots: "Shut that door behind you and take off those muddy boots. Do you think you were born in a barn?"
4. Extreme weather: This room of yours look as if a tornado went through it."
5. Hypocrisy: "If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"
6. Geography: If you don't eat your rutabagas think of all those starving children in China who don't have any...."
7. Analytical Forecasting: " If you fall out of that tree and break you neck, you're not going to the store with me."
8. Irony: Keep crying and I'll give you something to cry about."
9. Logic: "Because I said so, that's why."
10. Stamina: "you'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
Thanks Ma. Love you....