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"The Million Things She Gave Me!"

3 years 4 months 2 weeks ago May 12, 2013 May 12, 2013 Sunday, May 12 2013 May 12, 2013 2:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

She lives in the house where she was born and won't relocate to where her children reside. Her oldest, Denis, was born in the Spring, Mike in the Summer, Patrick and Kevin in Winter, Maureen and Mark in the Fall. Whether a snowstorm or thunderstorm, she refers to them by saying, "It's getting bad out there..." Summertime chores were a discipline followed by sports-related activities or swimming. Leaves were raked and piled on the garden. The snowy winters found us clad in snow-pants, boots, hoods, gloves, and home-made stocking hats; we could hardly move. I escorted Sue Welsh to our school prom as she requested violets for her corsage. Mom and her friend, Loraine Blinn, picked hundreds of them and took them to the florist where Sue's corsage was constructed.

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