My Mother’s Birthday

LILLIAN'S CUPBOARD

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My mother died in 1991 – she would have been 91 years old on this November 28th.  When she was 72, she made a tape, telling all of the family stories she could recall.  She gave this accounting of the day she was born in  Morrow, a small railroad town in Ohio.

“On Thanksgiving Day my father came downstairs and he told my mother, he said, ‘I dreamed we had a little girl and we named her Martha’ and she said, ‘Well, you better go get the doctor because I think your dream’s going to come true’ and he went for the doctor and I was born before the doctor got there.  He went running down and said, ‘Hurry up, hurry up, doctor, the baby’s already here’ and old Doc said, ‘There’s no use hurrying if your baby’s already here.'”

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So, we always associated Mother’s birthday with Thanksgiving and occasionally…

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

6 thoughts on “My Mother’s Birthday”

  1. Lillian,

    This story is so lovely and I would really like it if you would share it with the Allied Families group. Your father reminded me so much of my own. Sniff sniff.

    Thank you.

    Kathleen

    On Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 6:51 AM, Lillian’s Cupboard wrote:

    > quilt32 posted: ” “

  2. I love that story, and it always makes me a little teary-eyed to read it. I love that your mother made that tape for you!

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