HOWDY! “Miss Pretty”

Martha Jane, James Steven, An d’ Lis and Jeanlizabeth Austin

It was on this day, just a few years ago, when I laid eyes on the most beautiful baby girl in the world. (since that day I’ve had that same joy three times more)  She is still a most beautiful lady, who has been a blessing to my family.  I can’t recall much about the time of her birth. I was young and confused.  It took me a while to grow up, donchaknow.  I do recall three incidents that stand out during her first year.  Once, I was left to care for her, still in diapers…the old kind that were to be washed and reused.  While in my care, she ‘soiled’ her “di-dees” and my sensitivety was limited, so instead of doing the complete removal and replacement, I simply gently, plunged the entire precious baby, up and down in the toilet until all evidence disappeared.  The second incident was when she had too much in her stomach and proceeded to get rid of it, all over the place.  Her mother panicked, grabbed her up and ran five blocks to her mother, in her housecoat, for assistance.  I later took a change of clothes for both for a proper return to our apartment. Then, our first teaching position was in Pampa, Texas, up in the Texas Panhandle.  “Miss Pretty” had a tricycle and loved to ride it on the sidewalk in front of our home.  It was just prior to Easter and my mother had come with a beautiful Easter “Frock” that had a bunch of ruffles on a petticoat.  Mother decided to have it tried on and before we could stop her, “Miss Pretty” was outside to show off.  She got on her trike and found it difficult to maneuver with all the ‘frills’, so she proceeded to throw a fit at our front door.  That beautiful frock didn’t seem to have the flair, sans all the petticoat.  I took a video of her reaction, but alas, I have no idea what happened to that.  Come to think of it, I’ve not seen her in a dress with a frilly petticoat since.  Hmmmm.  “Tis a Puzzlement.  Happy Birthday, my Beauty!

And that’s what I get from My box of Chocolates.   AMEN

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