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Tales of Mom 13

  Babies Bring Families Together   After the birth of his son, George Richard, Terry grows up some. He takes notice of his responsibility. He rents a larger apartment at street level. He surprises Nellie with the news; she is … Continue reading

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Tales of Mom 12

  Nellie and Terry Move to Los Angeles   The Judge gives Nellie his card. “Nellie,” he says, “Your husband doesn’t deserve a woman like you. I mean it. I want you to call me day or night if need … Continue reading

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Tales of Mom 11

The Good News and the Bad News Peg meets Don outside when he gets off work. She tells him what is transpiring. And she tells him, “Nellie is pregnant with her first baby.” Instead of allowing her to finish her … Continue reading

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Tales of Mom 10

  In Search of Terry   Peg, Terry’s sister, is younger than Nellie. But she is mature. She’s been married twice. The first marriage lasts all of two weeks until she deserts him after finding out he wants to keep … Continue reading

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Tales of Mom 3

  The Farm, the Chores, and Ma   When the rooster crows: “Cock-kea-doodle-do Cock-kea-doodle-do”. It is time to get up; it is time to dress; it is time for work. On the farm, the rooster is the alarm clock; it … Continue reading

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Tales of Mom 9

  Nellie Plans to Leave Tales of Mom 9 Nellie Plans to Leave The depression deepens, leaving Nellie wondering about Terry. “Pa, I got to finds ‘em,” she says. “It be two years since I sees ‘em.” The few years … Continue reading

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Tales from Mom 1

  The Chicken Feathers By Trudy A. Martinez As darkness dissipates the rooster crows, Nellie Mae awakes. She raises her head from an overstuffed pillow, one she personally fills with chicken feathers in her earlier years. Ma said when she … Continue reading

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Tales from Mom 2

Tales from Mom 2 by Trudy A. Martinez Posted on July 10, 2014 The Quilt Nellie Makes By Trudy A. Martinez The very same quilt Nellie makes, now tattered and worn, that adorns her bed has a stitched piece of … Continue reading

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Tales of Mom 6

  The Apple By Trudy A. Martinez As Nellie reaches the top of the hilly crest, she stops and glances back at Terry’s automobile moving down the road. Her mind wanders, as she cuts through the pasture, until she comes … Continue reading

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