Not being conscious of having a hero, I’ll settle for a role model. Not many are qualified for such a responsible position, but without a doubt my mother filled that position.
With better than average education and considerable ability, Mama gave her family the image of a courageous woman, well mannered, and talented. By the time I was old enough to remember her she served as doctor, teacher and entertainer. She was a source of anecdotes, stories, fun and games, and book lore. She served our clothes, cut our hair, and baked our bread.
Life was fascinating as we accompanied her to the country school where she taught. She and Papa ‘broke’ the young horses, chopped trees, and trapped muskrats. A gun was kept within reach to control chicken hawks by day or late travelers at night when Papa was gone. We harvested wild mushrooms, raised ducklings from wild duck eggs, and came to the rescue when the neighbor’s pet bear had entered their house and was vandalizing it.
I treasure several samples of her literary offerings. Creativity was always searching for expression in her busy life