Saturday, April 6, 2013

PERSONALITY TRAITS: Blog Four Of An Eight Blog Study - The Levia Syndrome

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YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might find your life's destination better if you remember
I AM ONLY ONE, BUT I AM ONE.  I CANNOT DO EVERYTHING
BUT I CAN DO SOMETHING, AND I WILL DO SOMETHING.
I WI LL NOT LET WHAT I CANNOT DO INTERFER WITH WHAT I CAN DO
Everett Hale

ACT AS IF WHAT YOU DO MAKES A DIFFERENCE, IT DOES - William James

If people are like a box of crayons with most people being an 8 box size, and some being a 64 box size, then the "Levia's" of this world are a 96 box size.  There is also an 18 pack of crayolas that release fragrance, a 16 pack with flecks in the solid color and another that contains glitter. There are crayolas with "silly scents" like "Alien Arm Pit"

These crayolas are rare but no more so than was my mother, Levia Maggie

SEEK TO DO GOOD AND YOU WILL FIND
THAT HAPPINESS WILL RUN AFTER YOU - Freeman Clarke

THE LEVIA SYNDROME


SHE NAMED HERSELF - When the 1910 census taker trudged up the creek side path of Maggie Creek, to take the 13th US Census in rural West Virginia, he came to Mom's home.  Mother, eleven years old and named Julia Agnes at birth, was home alone.  She truthfully answered the census taker's questions until he asked her name.  She had never liked her name and decided to change it.  She replied, "Levia Maggie", and Levia Maggie it became.

CHARITY SEES THE NEED, NOT THE CAUSE - German Proverb

To those who only knew Mother in her elderly years it might come as a surprise to know she loved to dance.  She also loved to ice skate and swim.  Born in 1899, she was young in the Roaring Twenties, a period of sustained prosperity in America.  Mom and her sisters would do the Charleston to the tune from the player piano at Grandma Elliotts.  She and Dad went to dances into the depression years after I was born in 1931.  Music at home then came from the newest thing, a Victrola record player.  Our Victrola had a big hole in it.

HOW WONDERFUL IT IS THAT NO ONE NEED
WAIT A SINGLE MOMENT BEFORE STARTING TO IMPROVE THE WORLD
Anne Frank


When I was a child, we had this exact same Victrola record player, except ours had a big hole in the cabinet.  Following the repeal of the 18th Amendment prohibiting alcohol, Dad was a guest of the state for providing the folks a tax-free bottle of that amber sunshine in a bottle.  A male neighbor sought to provide mom with "comfort" in Dad's absence.  He no doubt smiled when Mom excused herself to go the bed room.  He changed his tune and headed for the door in a quick hurry when Mom returned with a shotgun, which she proceeded to fire at him.  Shooting quickly from the hip as he made for the door, she missed him and hit the Victrola.  Before Dad got home the amorous neighbor left the country and was never heard from again.  Mom was a crack shot with a rifle.

UNLESS SOMEONE LIKE YOU CARES AN WHOLE AWFUL LOT,
NOTHING IS GOING TO GET BETTER.  IT'S NOT - Dr. Seuss 


Although Mother did not become a devout Christian until her middle years, she had all the Christian attributes throughout her life.  During impossible economic times she traded her golden wedding ring for a chicken to give to a family who had nothing.  I can still hear her chastise me for whining when some of the even poorer relatives were spotted walking up the dirt road to our house, uninvited, for a Christmas Dinner.  When you arrived at Mom's, she never asked if you were hungry, instead, she would put her black iron skillet, which I have given to her great granddaughter, Delanie Rose, on the stove and start cooking--regardless the time of day.  She never once asked "Are you hungry".  Sayings attributed to Levia are:
Never worry about the cook
it's easier to feed three hungry men than one that's not hungry
It they can live with them, I can live beside them

HE WHO GIVES WHEN ASKED HAS WAITED TOO LONG - Sunshine Magazine


THE WISEST WOMAN - Mom had very little formal education, going only to the 3rd grade.  At that time of her life she lived up steep Bill Jones Hollow, barely a wagon track to this day, off of Jericho Road.  It was at least a mile walk down the hollow, then down the red mud, with large sandstone ledge rock, Jericho road to school.  Yet, her Granddaughter, Kimberly, described her in her Master's Thesis as "The Wisest Woman I Ever Knew".

WE MAKE A LIVING BY WHAT WE GET,
 BUT WE MAKE A LIFE BY WHAT WE GIVE AWAY - Winston Churchill


The funeral home, operated by my class mate, Lorain Wilcoxen, could hold four funerals at a time.  It was filled to overflowing at Mother's funeral.  In her life she had rounded up poor children, fed them, clothed them and hauled them to Sunday School, she provided transportation to the elderly, she fed the needy, she refurbished rooms full of dolls which the Fire Department distributed at Christmas. She visited the jail every Thursday, taking cookies and reading material to inmates and jailers alike.

Her funeral practically shut the town down as all the lives she touched came by to pay their respects.  There was  an unbroken line of cars from the funeral home to the cemetery.  It was, and is, the saddest day of my life.  She had not been sick but, going blind, she simply willed her death.  She was just days short of being 84.  Her last words were "Yes, Lord".

WHAT WE HAVE DONE FOR OURSELVES ALONE DIES WITH US;
WHAT WE HAVE DONE FOR OTHERS AND THE WORLD REMAINS IMMORTAL
Albert Pike

LEVIA AT AGE 15

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR'S

GOD BLESS THE USA

AND, THANK GOD FOR THE LEVIA'S

1 comment:

Phatmom said...

Your mom was an amazing woman! Thank you for sharing part of her story with us. I wish I had known her.