At the end I was spending hours upon hours helping her dress and undress, making her meals, then watching so she ate them, taking her to doctors appointments, and reading to her because she just couldn't see well enough and it was her one true passion.
I braced myself to start cleaning out her room. This is really hard. A lot of her life is neatly arranged in this room. Oh, I'd been in it many many times before but now it's empty. Now, it's just stuff. Now it's just her stuff and I'm almost afraid to go in there. Instead of taking out a nightgown out of the drawer for her to wear to bed I'll be packing up those nightgowns forever. It's really hard.
Hauling in boxes, packing tape, and a Sharpie I make my way in to her room. The boys are at school, JR is at work, and Granddaddy is at my house next door taking a nap. I've got a good 2 hours to make a dent in this chore.
First dresser drawer; socks, hose and underwear. This is doable. Nothing here I hadn't delved into before. Just pretend I'm moving her to another room.
Second dresser drawer; nighties, slips and such. I've been in this drawer also. No surprises here. Or were there? Buried deep in the drawer. Wrapped in a full slip hid this little blue book.
Why ever would she hide a book in the bottom of her drawer wrapped in a slip? Unless, of course, the book happened to be titled..........
Sane Sex Life & Sane Sex Living.The copyright on this book is 1919 with reprints in 1922 & 1937. His parents weren't married until 1940. Was this really his mother's book? Did it belong to his grandparents? Maybe, his grandmother passed it on to his mother when she got married? It could have been Granddaddy's book but I really doubted that. Mago's parents were much more well read and would have bought into this kind of thing then Granddaddy's farmer parents.
What and who were the Eugenics people? There was no internet to turn to for information so off to the library I went; dragging 2 elementary age boys and one geriatric man. Sending them off to their respective corners I start my digging.
It seems this group had a vested interest in sex or at least procreation. They believed that you could discourage negative traits and genetic abnormalities by discouraging reproduction between people who had bad traits or bad genes. Sound familiar?
Hitler was all over this shit. I'm pretty sure the Eugenics people didn't mean it to be used quite the way Hitler did but there you have it.
After finding out who the Eugenics people were I came to the conclusion that this book had to have been Mago's mother's book. the Progressive Era was just her cup of tea.
Whoever's book it was originally doesn't really matter at this stage but what does matter is that it give me an interesting look at my mother-in-law and her mother. It gives me an interesting look at how sex was viewed by this particular group at this particular time in American history.
And damn! It's one of the funniest reads I've ever had. I thought so then and I think so now. I did share this with JR years later when the pain of losing his mom wore off a little. We got a good laugh out of it.
PS: enlarge the pictures and read the table of contents and you tell me if this isn't the funniest thing you've read in awhile.