Things my mom actually did in her adventurous life ...
• Sewed shirts from a pattern.
• Invented the dookie bar.
• Changed irrigation tubes from a Chevy station wagon.
• Shot a bull snake out of our treehouse with a .22 rifle.
• Learned to cut her children's hair herself.
• Drove a school bus full of noisy children.
• Operated a country store and café.
• Operated a concession stand at the local stock car races.
• Fried chicken every day for dinner (noon meal).
• Always had enough on the table no matter how many sat down.
• Figured her husband's fortunes by the ton on a one-arm bandit calculator.
• Lodged freezing newborn pigs in the mudroom of her house.
• Put up with nightly football in her front yard from August to
• Read to her children when they were little.
• Showed up at more baseball games than any other irrigating momma.
• Laughed 'til she cried the night the Chihuahua ate me in Vetville.
• Raised three toe-headed kids that turned out alright.
Things for which I should thank my mom ...
• Only making my shirts until the third grade.
• Helping us recapture and adapt the dookie bar recipe years later.
• Having dad save me when all she could see was my hat floating in the ditch.
• Not shooting my dad when he finally arrived to shoot the snake.
• Teaching me to earn my own money and buy my own haircut.
• Letting us on and off at our bus stop instead of riding her whole route.
• Only operating a store and café for one summer.
• Getting us into the stock car races every week for free.
• Finally quitting the fried chicken lunches.
• Never getting excited when we brought a friend home for supper.
• Keeping track of her job and the family business bookkeeping.
• Not leaving any creature out in tough elements.
• Not running us off her mistreated lawn like other mothers.
• Inspiring me to read and eventually to write.
• Showing us she cared by being there for everything.
• A decade of running paper routes with her children.
• Being a very understanding and loving mother.
Karl Terry, a former publisher of the Quay County Sun, writes for Clovis Media Inc. Contact him at: