The other day I read this great piece in The New York Times: Our Mothers as We Never Saw Them. I've read it three or four times now.
I'd already been thinking about my mom, of course, and even thinking about her being a Majorette when she was in high school... before I knew her. I decided that this was the year of Majorette Mom! There aren't a lot of photos of her before I knew her/she became a mother, but of them, most are as a Majorette.
I think this is the only "pro" shot, probably taken for the yearbook or a program.
There are a bunch of photos, in different outfits, that were taken by my grandpa around their home in Marshfield.
One of the cutest things I remember my mom saying about being a cheerleader is that she'd shout "FIRST & TEN, DO IT AGAIN!" but had absolutely NO IDEA what it meant... having zero interest in the game (it was all about the BOYS) (of course).
I remember those boots. She'd kept them a long time, for whatever reason, and they were in the cedar chest (now mine) that was at the foot of her bed (along with her wedding dress) (most recently worn by Ali). They were EVERYTHING... with TASSELS!
I am reasonably certain that my mother's affinity for all things ROYAL began here. And also the attitude.
She used to give lessons to the little girls in the neighborhood for 25 cents.
There was a scar on one eyebrow from a wayward baton.
I'm not sure whose idea it was to climb onto the ridge of the garage... probably not Grandma's!
But it resulted in one of my favorite photos of all time! I think Grandpa wasn't a half-bad photographer, though I know of no other photos he made.
And when the tables were turned, he wasn't a bad subject, either! Haha!
What springs to mind about your mother... before she was a mother?