Cartoons of my Mom

Cartoons of My Mom Going to Mexico

So...you're going to Mexico for the holidays? Here are a few words of advice...
So...you're going to Mexico for the holidays? Here are a few words of advice...
Don't drink the water!
Don't drink the water!
Just follow Miriam!
Just follow Miriam!
Never pay their first price...always bargain!
Never pay their first price...always bargain!
Remember...he's rich!
Remember...he's rich!
Most of all...have fun!
Most of all...have fun!

Mom's Gilley Cartoons

My mom is no longer with us (she passed away this summer), but she left a legacy of laughter and joy! I have drawn cartoons of my mom since I was in high school (I'm 51 now!) and she loved them so much. She did funny things that made all of us laugh, and soon after I would present her with a cartoon of one of her escapades. She would always laugh until tears came, and she'd have to wipe her eyes to finish reading/looking at the cartoons. It became a source of entertainment for all of my family, the unveiling and viewing of the latest Mom Cartoons.

We had many vacations together, long trips to great destinations. This particular cartoon was drawn before Mom went to Mexico with her granddaughter Miriam, who was visiting their exchange student in Mexico. Turns out, it was more true than we expected. Mom had so many funny things to say about her trip, but she was a little disgusted when she said, "I'm never going to Mexico again -- all they do is speak Spanish!" to which we hooted with laughter. And the funny little man that said she was "un mujer bonita!" (a beautiful woman)...was in my imagination. But my brother said it looked a lot like the grandfather of the exchange student they visited -- and he WAS a little fascinated by my Mom! Mom always said jokingly that she would marry again, "only if he was old and had one foot on a banana peel!" [Mom was widowed at the age of 48, but never married gain, nor showed much interest in it.] So, I present "Gilley" {nicknamed by my youngest brother} -- One of many of a series of cartoons dedicated lovingly to my Mom. (This was written in 2009.....Updates just added this July 2015)

My Mom took a ferry to Victoria B.C.  She was worried about being seasick!
My Mom took a ferry to Victoria B.C. She was worried about being seasick!
She thought this was funny and told me "I didn't throw up!"  But she was a little green!
She thought this was funny and told me "I didn't throw up!" But she was a little green!

Ferry to Victoria B.C.

Years ago, my mom's cousin Bobbee took us on a ferry from Seattle to Victoria, British Columbia. We explored the Buschard Gardens and enjoyed our day. Mom and her cousin both took a nap on a bench, looking identical. I drew cartoons of the two of them. On the trip back on the ferry, they dozed then, too. Mom laughed over my cartoons. This is just a couple that I drew for her on that trip back in 1983.

Mom Working at the School

Mom cooked for the Peerless School for many years.
Mom cooked for the Peerless School for many years.
Mom loved working at the School Library.  Mostly because she loved to read!
Mom loved working at the School Library. Mostly because she loved to read!

Mom's School Jobs

Mom worked at the Peerless School for many years. She started out as a teacher's aide and really enjoyed working with the kids and especially Special Ed teacher, Mark Stevens. She laughed over the things he said every day. Later she worked in the Library during study halls. She loved to read and the kids loved her. They weren't as naughty as my cartoon (I hope). And her last job at the school was the head cook. She worked with Dort Andersen, who was always entertaining. Mom laughed over Dort's dry sense of humor. She also worked with her good friend Inez Kegel. She loved cooking for the kids and made homemade bread every morning. She also made cookies which she put out by the hallway so the kids could grab some cookies between classes. Sometimes the kids would just come in during their break and visit with her, along with eating whatever treat she'd made that day. She absolutely loved the Peerless School, the kids, and the teachers and staff.

Bon Voyage, Gilley and Jessica (Mom took Jessica on a cruise to Alaska)
Bon Voyage, Gilley and Jessica (Mom took Jessica on a cruise to Alaska)
Jessica made sure Grandma was well taken care of!
Jessica made sure Grandma was well taken care of!
Mom was very "Scotch" - careful with her money!
Mom was very "Scotch" - careful with her money!
Jessica had Mom out of her comfort zone a few times!
Jessica had Mom out of her comfort zone a few times!
Mom tried to find suitable boys for Jessica while they were on the cruise.
Mom tried to find suitable boys for Jessica while they were on the cruise.
Mom's favorite quote about the prospect of marrying again: one foot on a banana peel, the other in the grave!
Mom's favorite quote about the prospect of marrying again: one foot on a banana peel, the other in the grave!

Mom takes Jessica on an Alaskan Cruise

In July 2000, Jessica was 15 1/2 years old and Mom asked her to come along on an Alaskan Cruise. Mom had never taken a cruise before and had always wanted to go to Alaska. So before they embarked on this adventure, I drew these cartoons for them. On the last page, I had to draw an infatuated Inuit man for Mom. We always teased her about finding "a man" and she quipped back, "If he has one foot on a banana peel and the other one in the grave...!" She was widowed at 48 years old, never remarried; it didn't stop us from pointing out elegible men! ha!

Jessica had no interest in finding a boyfriend, but Mom (always the matchmaker) was also pointing out eligible young men for her! (matchmaking must run in the family!) Jessica loved reading horror stories, thus the cartoon of Mom trying to find a boy who isn't a "whimp!"

Tipping "generously" was never a forte for Mom! Whenever one of her grand-kids had a birthday, she'd write them a check; "Five Bucks!" she'd say as she wrote the check. Everyone got "Five Bucks". So tipping on a cruise line was something she would most likely be very "Scotch" about! Mom was of Irish, Scotch, and English heritage.

Being "adventurous," as I titled the boating page, was really what Mom and Jessica were....adventurous! Jessica convinced Mom to take a helicopter ride to the mainland (I can picture Mom popping her Seasick pills!). She also got Mom into a dogsled and they "mushed" all around the area. They walked up towards a wilderness area with the group; Jessica "wandered" off exploring and got left behind. Mom was frantic, but Jessica showed up for the next boat back to the Ship.

The voyagers came back with many stories (mostly Mom), with Jessica quietly smiling over how she had taken Mom out of her comfort zone so many times. Those were the best times, though, when Mom ("Gilley") told about it. She treasured that cruise that created so many exciting memories!


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Connie 7 years ago

Just loved them and " To know her was to love her!"


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goldiekc 7 years ago Author

Thanks, Connie!


Heather 7 years ago

Kathleen this is marvelous. Thank you so much for sharing these cartoons. I and many others loved Grandma so dearly, I miss her a lot.


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goldiekc 7 years ago Author

Thanks, Heather -- Mom loved you kids, too. We will all miss her, especially this first Christmas without her. But I hope these cartoons bring laughter to all of us as we remember how much fun she had in life and with all of us! :)


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seamist 6 years ago from Northern Minnesota

You're a very talented cartoonist and artist. Thank you for sharing your worl!


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goldiekc 6 years ago Author

Thank you! We had many adventures and travels with my Mom, and she was a constant source of inspiration in more ways than comedy! She loved laughing and I enjoyed making cartoons for her. :)

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