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Hate Mother’s Day Platitudes?

My great grandmother, Sophia Nielsen, is the undisputed matriarch of our family. She started in a log cabin and ended owning a 40,000 acre ranch. She worked hard and fought harder. Our favorite story is about how she brought a railroad to a stop–not just one train, a whole railroad because they owed her money. That makes her sound hard, but, in fact, she lived long and became greatly beloved, called “grandma” by everyone. It is said that a letter, mailed in Germany in the 1950s,  addressed only to “Grandma Nielsen, The Big Ranch, Idaho Falls USA” got delivered.

lauralindaAh, yes, but it’s Mother’s Day.

So I have to ask, what would my great grandmother Sophia say was the most difficult part of her life—stopping a railroad, building a ranch, or raising a family? Obviously, I can’t speak for her, but consider the following: 

  • Her first child was born premature because she’d contracted typhoid fever, which caused her to go into early labor. 
  • When a sister-in-law died, she adopted the baby that was left behind. The baby, a girl, died three months later.
  • She raised five children by herself, as a widow of the 1918 flu pandemic, and buried a grandchild the same week she buried her husband.
  • After age sixty, she assumed primary responsibility for two children that she raised as a single grandparent.

 The way I see it, stopping trains takes grit, building a ranch requires more than a little ambition, but raising a family will tear your heart out.


Filed under Family Stories, Life Story, Mother's Day, Uncategorized

All Moms Are the Same–Including Me

Ok, I hate stereotypes, especially stereotypes of moms and mother-in-laws. Too easy. Not fair.

Then I come across a laugh-out-loud funny like this video and have admit that all moms are the same. If this doesn’t make you think of some story involving your mother, you are an orphan or an alien. Enjoy!!


Filed under Family Stories, Funny story