Happy Mother’s Day Rosie

Rosie knelt, felt the pecans in the grass, and then crawled around on the ground, collecting them and depositing them in her bucket.

Rosie knelt, felt the pecans in the grass, and then crawled around on the ground, collecting them and depositing them in her bucket. She is legally blind and couldn’t see the nuts when she was standing. Her vision, which had been damaged by scar tissue as a child, was clear enough to make out objects, but she had to get...

She is legally blind and couldn't see the nuts when she was standing. Her vision, which had been damaged by scar tissue as a child, was clear enough to make out objects, but she had to get very close to see the details.

When she held the pecans in her hand, she used her sense of touch to tell the difference between good and bad ones.

She could feel if there was a tiny insect hole or too light, indicating decay inside.

There were usually two buckets beside her: one for the Western Scheleys and the other for the Stuart Papershell variety that fell from the 11 pecan trees in our backyard.

When we came home from school, we all pitched in to help her. It was an important time of the year because the money made from late October to December harvesting pecans bought Christmas presents for us.

Rosie is my sister-in-law. She and my oldest brother opened their home for my younger brother and me after our mother died.

She was 26, and I was 13. She had three children, ages 5 and under.

The first meal I had in her home was beef stew, macaroni and cheese with homemade biscuits, and banana pudding with sweet tea.

She listened to my problems, helped me with my homework, overcame my shyness, and bought me new dresses to wear to school.

I was the typical teenager who didn't help out enough around the house, but I helped her see.

When someone spoke or waved to us from a distance, I would say, "Rosie, wave, it's Mr. or Ms. whoever." She would throw up her hand, look in the direction of the voice, and wave as though she could see them.

I learned to make cakes in her oven, remodeled an upstairs room for a home economics project, and graduated from high school with her and my brother proudly standing close by.

When I had a problem, I talked it over with her. When my brother picked out her gifts, I made sure he knew what she was hoping for.

She could have just been a sister-in-law tolerating her husband's siblings for the sake of their marriage, but she was a friend and treated me as though I was a daughter.

She understood why I cried on Mother's Day and couldn't help read the Mother's Day cards she picked out for her own mother.

When it came time for my wedding, she and my brother applied for their first credit card to pay the expenses.

When we moved away and had our first child, she comforted my husband on the phone during the long labor.

Today her vision is much worse. She lives alone in the same big old southern plantation home that she and my brother bought when they first married. He died many years ago.

For a long time after her husband died, she continued to get on her hands and knees to pick up pecans in the fall.

She would use the money to buy Christmas presents for the grandchildren and keep the house fixed.

I look for a special Mother's Day card with large dark letters every year–one that she can use her magnifying glass to see, one that says thank you for being there for me, for helping me to grow up, and for loving me when I needed a mom and a friend.

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Deana Landers
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Story Comments

  1. Vickie/ronnie Hinson -

    We love Ms Rosie. Miss seeing her. We use to attend Real Life Church with her. Tell her Happy Mother’s Day for us.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you for reading my story and commenting, Vickie. I will give her that message. I hope you will come back and read and share some of my other stories, as well. God bless you and your family.Deana

  2. Diane Brown -

    I always loved to go to Uncle Sonny and Aunt Rosies house when we were kids. I still have the rug with the crab on it that covered uncle sonny’s feet when he sat in his chair

    • Deana Landers -

      How precious, Diane. It was always a good place to be. Can you take a photo of that rug and send it to me. Thank you for reading and sharing my stories.LOve you,

  3. Libbie -

    What a beautiful share. Perfect as Mother's Day tribute.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Libbie, for reading and commenting on my story. Deana

  4. Deana, I hope you will read your story and all the comments to your sister-in-law. I think she'd be surprised! She sounds like a very humble person who just loves life and people. I have three younger brothers and Frank is just a year younger than me and is deaf. His roommate of 20+ years is deaf and blind; her name is Cynthia. She is a lovely person and she enjoys making tissue boxes out of plastic canvas woven with colored yarns kept in specific order in her work basket. She senses a lot just by a person walking in the room and it is always my pleasure to take them to lunch whenever I am in town. Oh, and a similar situation happened to my first boyfriend as his mother died from cancer when he was 8 yrs. old. His aunt (mother's sister) had been living with the family going to high school at the time, and later his father married this younger sister. So his aunt was his step-mother and they are still close today. I know of another family also in an identical situation to yours. The young friend of my son's went on to Cornell then came home to graduate from CSU Fullerton to be closer to family and her future husband. Without her older sister and brother-in-law taking care of herself (from age 13) and a 1 year older sister, they would have had it very tough. The older sister and BIL have four children of their own and are incredibly selfless, much like your Rosie and brother. <3Thank you for sharing this story with us. What a lovely kind heart she has and I hope you live near enough to see her often. <3 Hugs and Happy Mother's Day,Barb :)

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Barb, for reading and commenting on my story. I always love your comments. Deana

  5. Beckymmeacham -

    I always love your stories, particularly of your growing up years and those people and things that are always precious to you.❤ I know you found the perfect card for Rosie this Mother's Day.😉❤ Thank you for sharing.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, dear friend.Love you,Deana

  6. Wow-what a beautiful story, she sounds amazing. What a lovely place to live those years, it must have been beautiful property.

    • Deana Landers -

      Maria, my family lived in an old Southern plantation home that was 100 years old when they bought it in 1965.It was beautiful and still is. Thank you for reading my story and commenting.Deana

  7. How do you always manage to tug at my heartstrings with your stories Deanna? Rosie sounds like an incredible human being. I couldn't imagine being 26 with three kids and looking after a teenager that's gone through a loss. So remarkable. I hope you find that special Mother's Day card.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Michelle. She is an amazing woman and she also had 3 stepchildren. I always appreciate your comments.Deana

  8. Deanna, Your sister-in-law sounds like an amazing person. What a wonderful tribute this story is to her especially with Mother's Day around the corner.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Patti for your kind comments. I always appreciate them. She is a wonderful person in my life.Deana

  9. Elaine Henderson -

    Ohhhhhh how Precious!

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Elaine, for reading my story and commenting.Deana

  10. What a beautiful way to describe your relationship with Rosie. She was blessed to have taken you in as well as you being blessed for your brother & her to have taken you into their home. I'm glad they did, I met my best friend in the school that year when you entered at this time!

    • Deana Landers -

      Oh, Carolyn, thank you for saying that. It was the best thing that happened to me as a young person and I cherish our friendship then and now.Deana

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