"Gertrude Monroe Circa ; 1920" is written on the back of this family photo. We knew her as "Mam maw".
She was born August 11, 1904, and she would be around 16 years of age when this picture was taken. I have never thought of Mam maw as ever being a teenager until this picture crossed my path this morning. Flipping through a stack of family pictures, this one caught my attention. Mam maw as a teenager! What a deal. She certainly looks like she is ready to go to where ever life was to lead. Maybe it was one of those first dates with Pap paw. Hair fixed, purse in hand, and a hat of some sort that helped block the sun from the eyes. I am ready to go...she seems to be saying. There is a lot of life yet to live. She certainly did.
She died March 17, 1989 at the age of 84 years. She introduced me to cinnamon toast, coffee, and a great number of family stories that remain alive in my heart. Thanks Gertrude Monroe Circa. 1920...it is good to see you as a teenager. Your coffee cup sits on my mantel as I write... still dancing with your stories.