My Mother was best friends with the Mother of my best friend, Patty. When our Mothers would get together, Patty and I would hide just out of eyesight and listen to our Mother's conversations. I don't think we ever heard anything too exciting, but the idea that we might was very exciting. Usually, our Mother's would know we were there anyway and either make up something to say to get us all excited or just tell us to go on outside.
Patty and I had a game we would play with our Mother's. We would both head over to Patty's house, and Patty would ask her Mother if I could eat lunch with them. We'd have a nice lunch, then we'd head over to my house and I'd ask my Mom if Patty could have lunch with us. Then we'd have another nice lunch. This went on for some time until our Mother's compared notes and figured out what we were doing.
My younger sister Linda also was best friends with Patty's little sister, L.L. Linda and L.L. had a love/hate relationship. They would play for awhile as best friends and then they would get mad with one another and get in a huge fight. They wouldn't speak for awhile then after time passed, they'd be back as best friends again.
In the mid 1950s, Patty's Grandfather came to live with their family. Everyone called him Grandpa M. Grandpa M. would spend a lot of time keeping an eye on us kids and taught Patty and I to play Canasta.
But it was Patty's Mom that I adored. Bright and pretty, she was a no-nonsense woman who seemed to know when I needed a hug or a little bit of extra attention. She had a great sense of humor and a twinkle in her eye. She knew I was a picky eater and would always encourage me to try different things that she had cooked. Not being adventurous, I would usually resist . She spent a lot of time trying to get me to try her gravy and her scalloped potatoes. I think I took a small bite and then made up an excuse to not eat more. Then she would quote her favorite saying: "That's why they have chocolate and vanilla", and I would know that it was okay that my tastes were different than other's.