Sunday, August 16, 2015
‘Just a Few of Our Favorite Things’
..... Tribute to Mom (Alice Davidson) Aug. 16, 2015 ..... The tune was “Edelweiss,” but the inspiration was “The Sound of Music” and “My Favorite Things” or, more accurately, Our Favorite Things About Mom. And it became clear pretty quickly they wouldn’t fit nicely into a few rhymed couplets. And thus we get the story behind the song. The question that was asked: What are some of your favorite things about Mom? So, on the occasion of the 80th birthday of Alice Ruth Siegmund Davidson (Mom) ... a celebration of family, faith and friends ... inspired by the sweet music of life that has flowed from her heart and soul: Here are “Just a Few of Our Favorite Things” about her. ..... UNCONDITIONAL LOVE – Seeing the best, never giving up: In her parents, siblings and extended family of origin ... In the family she married into … In the family she and Daddy gave birth to and that continues to flourish and grow through new generations. ..... If she ever feels disappointment, she quickly or slowly lets it go. (I may think I disappoint her sometimes, but when I express this, she quickly convinces me otherwise.) I know of only a few grudges she ever held for long, and I doubt she holds any now. 'Taint worthwhile, I can imagine her saying. ..... Singing in the car. Taking us to church and making that a life priority for us. ..... Stressing the importance of education and knowing that she thought we were smart and didn't hesitate to tell others. I also thought I had the prettiest mom when I was in school and I still do. I had family, faith and friends put on her cake, what seemed to me to be her priorities. ..... Morning walks on the farm, folksy Facebook posts. … the bread and the special homecooked meals. … windmills and wildflowers … ..... Home movies, “pink things” perms. Though the last is not really a favorite. Just something I remember ;) ..... Appreciation for reading (books, newspapers, the Bible, Sunday school lessons and other inspirational and faithful devotions). ..... Sunday dinner or picnics after church at the roadside park between Muenster and St. Jo. … Coming home from church to the smell of roast in the oven, with onion-mushroom gravy. Mashed potatoes (the real ones, not those from a box!!!) … Lots of fruit cocktail cherry jello. … fried Spam (as opposed to the dreaded plain Spam); but what I really liked was the pan-fried ham and anything smothered in cream of mushroom soup. ..... Mom could cut a chicken into about 20 pieces. I didn’t know you could cook one in halves or even quarters until I was probably a teenager. ..... I love that she was born into the Siegmund family and that she married into the Davidson family, with rural and small-town Texas roots. Era, Muenster, Hood, Walnut Bend, Hayes, Marysville, St. Jo, Gainesville. She enjoys traveling and experiencing other places, but she’s still on the farm! And yet, I think if she had been born into a different set of circumstances but with the same people, she would have made just as much of it and we would still have the same values!!! ..... Substance over style. And yet, so much style! Through it all, a smile. ..... Always there. Always fair. ..... I don’t know whether I knew this growing up, but as an adult, I know that Mom has no favorites – or we all are her favorites. Her unconditional and complete love and appreciation for each of us (and the grandkids and great-grandkids and all the spouses) continues to grow. ..... A peacemaker with a smile. ..... Willing to help, even if it takes a while! ..... So much patience and acceptance. ..... A recent comment from Mom on Facebook, after a gorgeous picture was posted from her young-adult days: She got around, in a good way! ..... Smart. Beautiful. Wise. Wry. Happy. Resourceful. Helpful. Persevering. Respectful and respected. ..... Encouraging – our greatest cheerleader! ..... Not afraid to share wisdom, advice, opinions and maybe some gossip, but always with sensitivity to the situation. ..... Willing to back off, let her kids and others have their space and find their way. ..... Ability to talk to anyone about anything. ..... Unwavering faith and trust in God. ..... Perhaps above all, that combination of faith, optimism, confidence, integrity, humility, gratitude and so many other things that looks for, sees and builds up the good in any situation and lets go of the rest. And as a result, it does seem as if it’s all good, that the memories are precious and each new day is a gift filled with promise.