Mother's Chores for Sunday

Remembrances of my childhood...

Life is certainly easier today than it was; say just 50 - 60 years ago.  To help with the many chores around the house, mothers and home makers would organize the essential tasks according to the days of the week, thereby always staying abreast of the dreaded phrase, ‘what’s next’.

Mom said everyone needs to go to church on Sunday, and we did.  Our church was Euclid Avenue Baptist Church in Bristol Virginia, about three miles from home.  Mom said that’s were we went when we lived in Rice Terrace before moving and she didn’t see any sense in changing churches just because we moved across town.  So we would get up on Sunday morning, eat our usual breakfast of plain muffins with butter and jelly and a half grapefruit each with a big glass of milk then we were off to Sunday school and church.

trust in the Lord with all your heart
trust in the Lord with all your heart

I might have the tendency to act up...

I liked Sunday school because of the great stories about Jesus and when I was seven, I ask Jesus to come and live in my heart, and He’s still there.  I had friends that I could only see on Sundays because they went to different schools or lived on the Virginia side of town.  The boys looked funny with their hair all slicked down and the little girls smelled pretty like their moms.  But after Sunday school I had to set with mom.  Jim and Jack and Peggy got to set with their friends and even in the balcony but mom said I might have the tendency to act up so I just sat with her and drew pictures of the stained glass windows.

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just like mom’s, or almost

After church sometimes we would go up Euclid Avenue to Mrs Whites’. She had a boarding house and cooked the best meals, a lot of people went to her house on Sundays, but she got sick and never got over it mom said. So mom said she would cook and boy, she did. I still remember those meals. Sometimes meatloaf or maybe beef or pork roast with turnips… but no matter the main course, we kids all wanted cornbread. Dad use to get tickled because I put so much butter on my cornbread that when I held it in my left hand the butter would run down my arm and drip off my elbow. Nobody could beat mom’s cornbread and would you believe that when we eat like that now, my wife has me make the cornbread, just like mom’s, or almost.

That was the only times I got to sit in the front seat

After we got our fill there wasn’t always room for dessert, but I remember we all seemed to manage somehow and especially if it was banana pudding. Then it was nap time. Even though my brothers and sister had usually had something to do, I was too full from Sunday dinner. Mom said you wasn’t supposed to do anything on Sundays anyway; that God said it was to be a day of rest and going to church and she worked hard all week and needed the rest. So the good thing about Sunday’s chores was – there were none! Besides we were going back to church Sunday evening. My brothers and sister sometimes went to their friends' church with them on Sunday nights but I always went with mom. That was the only times I got to sit in the front seat.

© 2010 SamSonS

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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Great story, my mom made such good cornbread too and I love it today but don't have too often, my husband says it doesn't go with mashed potatoes or this or that, I think it goes with anything or nothing.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Pollyannalana for your sweet comments and personally I like cornbread with everything...

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daydreamer13 6 years ago

What a nice story!

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FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I enjoyed your whole series of remembrances...thank you for sharing them!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thank you daydreamer13 for your nice comments...

*and thank you FloBe for your kind remarks...

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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

I love to read about others childhoods, they get me thinking about my own. My mother ALWAYS cooked a big sunday dinner. She didn't always go to church, but I did with my neighborhood buddy, we walked about a half mile every sunday. I can almost taste that buttered down cornbread you described.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks CMerritt for your gracious comments. Yea, some of that cornbread & butter would taste good right a'bout now...

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Kristeen 6 years ago from Michigan

Great story Samsons. I enjoy reading about your childhood because it reminds me of my own.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you so much Kristeen for your nice comments. Glad you liked it...

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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub, great memories of precious chilhood. Your mom is just wonderful. Her legacy is indeed a great treasure. Thank you for sharing with us your pleasant memories of childhood days. Blessings and best regards.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks cristina327 for your kindness. I'm very thankful for a Christian mother.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Thanks for sharing your childhood with us. I remember how exciting it felt sitting in the front seat too. :)

A very enjoyable read.

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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

No chores on Sunday!!!! I vote we call EVERYDAY Sunday! No, forget that, then the NFL season would be over in 16 days!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks Lady_E for your kind comments. As a child seating in the front seat made us feel we were almost somebody...

*and thank you brother fred for your remarks. Back then we had 'Blue Laws' and stores were not even open on Sundays, it was truly a day of rest.


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I love CMerritt's comment. I also went to church with a buddy. My mom, as CMerritt's, respected Sunday but not necessarily in terms of going to church, instead, in terms of a hearty meal.

Sunday was always a time of extended family getting together for good food which always included a nut and sugar infused cake and coffee.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thanks Sally for your visit and your kind comments. I think that many of us would have to agree that those family meals around the table as children is quite different than today. By the way, I'm ready for a serving of nut and sugar infused cake and coffee.

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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Great hub Samson's, and can't wait to read more of your hubs. These are great memories, thank you for sharing them with us!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you oceansnsunsets for your kind and gracious comments, come back soon..;.

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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Sunday was mom's day in the kitchen cooking, for the whole week sometimes. My chore though, after church was waxing the hardwood flooring, before going to play always.

Brother Dave.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Dave, I enjoy reading the responses to this series as to how each home was different in the days chores were done...

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

After church on Sundays we could always look forward to some of my grandmother's homemade coffeecake and pecan rolls that she made every Saturday. Later in the day came the large family meal. Sunday was a day of rest and play. As a special treat after some early morning church services, our family would go bowling. Didn't happen that often so it was really special.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Peggy W for sharing your reminisce of yesteryear...

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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

I loved this naturally written and warm hub.It is easy to see this came from your heart.

I'm sure many of us have similar memories. I have only just come accross you on here and now I look forward to reading more of your work.

An up and awesome/beautiful on here I think is in order.

Take care.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you so much for your gracious comments and I'm glad you like my work. Just adding RSS links to some of my other hubs, please look around and I hope you enjoy yourself and oh yes, thanks also for your ratings...

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