Happy Mother’s Day
My mother & grandmother. Me and my mother. Me and my girls
Me with my girls now… Patty and Debbie
Along came grandmahood via Patty with my two grands… Tiffany and Tyler
Tiffany 1989 Tyler 1993
But let’s back track just a bit to my mother who I am remembering on this Mother’s Day, Maude Louise Littlefield Freeman.
Born in Waterville, Maine
Raised on Martha’s Vineyard
my mother and grandmother – Oak Bluffs 1924
After high school she moved to New Jersey and married a Jersey boy…
and had a Jersey girl (me)…
The next to the last Mother’s Day I spent with my mom was May 1975. My parents were vacationing on the Cape and she was unaware that we were driving there to surprise her for the weekend. I gave her the book ‘Mostly On Martha’s Vineyard, A Personal Record’ by Henry Beetle Hough, as I knew she’d know some of the people mentioned in the book. I am so glad I did that because after reading the book she decided she wanted to sail over to the Vineyard to visit her mother’s grave. It turned out be her last trip to her beloved Vineyard.
I never knew my grandmother, my mother’s mother, she died before my parents were married and I was born, but I’ve always felt a closeness to her through stories my mom would tell me about her and also the essence of her I feel when I’m on the Vineyard. She is buried on the Vineyard and I visit her every time I’m there.
Chances are she might have visited me a few years ago !!!! Read on…
Here’s an excerpt from a post I did about the ‘spirits’ of my mother and grandmother.
On the very haunted island of Martha’s Vineyard.. in the town of Oak Bluffs.. in a restored Victorian home was a restaurant called The Sweet Life Cafe. In this house in the 1930′s lived a daughter and her mother. In this house the mother passed away. That woman was my grandmother and the daughter was my mother.
A few years ago my daughter Deb and I decided to treat ourselves to dinner at the Sweet Life Cafe… we’d never eaten there but felt the time was right. It was around 5 o’clock on a beautiful cloudless and breezeless May evening so we opted to sit on the patio in the garden as it was empty and peaceful. We had a glass of wine and settled back to talk about our day and enjoy the pretty surroundings. The tables were beautifully laid out and each had on it a small hurricane lamp with a candle in it. We looked around and noticed that the candles on all the tables but ours were lit! Our waitress re-lit ours. The candle went out. Again she lit it. Again it went out. She came back with a new candle. Again out it went. Again she re-lit it to no avail. My daughter and I joked that our grandmothers were joining us and were definitely in a playful mood.
Later that evening as my daughter and I were passing by the restaurant we looked in at the patio…… the candle on the table we had been sitting at was burning brightly !!
May 13, 2017 at 3:21 pm
What a wonderful legacy and cool history lesson, Joan! Love your account of the candle, that kind of story always gives me the chills, in a good way 😀
May 13, 2017 at 4:35 pm
Thank you Terri. I love when those kinds of moments happen, and almost always when I’m on MV. woooo 🙂
May 15, 2017 at 12:16 pm
that was beautiful joan…..isn’t it wonderful when the spirits of those who’ve gone before us come back to say hello…. happy mothers day sweetie ♥