In celebration of Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist has presented 31 prompts to honor the “fearless females” in our family trees.
Today’s prompt is: Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?
This photograph of my mother Mary Eleanor Davis Slade (1929-2005) always amuses me. She’s wearing fringed “pedal pushers” and a tee-shirt in the snow, with no boots, no coat -- must have had a warm snap. Since she is wearing a Davidson shirt, I would date this photo about 1947 or 48, probably taken somewhere in Dayton, Virginia. Her high school sweetheart Dickie Blanks was away at Davidson in North Carolina while she was at Dayton College.
For some reason, Momma and snow didn’t mix. Two quick stories will prove my point:
- In January 1959, it snowed in Portsmouth. My dad decided it would be fun to put my 9-months pregnant mother on a sled and pull her up and down the street. It was indeed fun – until she tried to get up. It took Daddy and a couple neighbors to pull her up off the sled.
- Sometime in the late 1970s we had a really good snow here in Chesapeake. Everyone was pretty much housebound. I was married and living a good two miles away from my parents and my sister. What does anyone do when they get cabin fever? Put on their mittens and boots and go for a walk. Destination? My house. However, Momma had no boots. So Daddy suggested she cover her shoes with plastic bags. Tip: don’t do that. She slipped and slid all the way. It was torture. But this incident has provided our family with a line we always use whenever someone is facing a challenge: “Just put on your plastic bags and do it.”