My mom, Ruth L. Slingsby, grew up in a different era. She graduated from high school in 1931 at age 16. That's her high school graduation photo below.
Mom grew up on a wheat ranch near Ritzville, Wash. That's where she met my dad. He and my Uncle Harry came to the farm to help with the harvest. At that time, horses pulled the combine. My parents were married in 1933.
My mom cooked on a wood stove for years and washed clothes in a wringer washer.
In addition to growing a large garden, my mom loved flowers. She planted flower beds around our farm houses to make them look nice. She also put up attractive wall paper, recovered sofas, and used mirrors to make our homes attractive.
It's amazing to me all the things that she saw in her life that were new: electricity, airplanes, fast food, supermarkets, and mass produced clothes, to name a few.
My mom's life wasn't easy. Sometimes we had difficulty making ends meet. My mom worked hard, taught us good values, and was able to keep smiling.
My mom passed away in 2005. I still miss her very much.