How I Met Your Mother

My Parents

My Parents

This is the time of the year that we select a Mother’s Day Gift. Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

I would guess that many of you have seen the television show How I Met Your Mother. Do you have a history in your family of various couples met?

My maternal grandmother was born in South Wales. One day a young man showed up at her door who she could remember from years before. He was a Utah minor and he had lost his wife. She married him and moved to Utah soon to lose him in a mine explosion. She married again to another minor taking our two children, but not her first husband’s children, with her. He died when my mother was 14 years old. Because of the hard times her stepbrother, my step uncle, join the Army so that he could send his mother $30 each month for her to take care of his four sisters. My and my step aunt Grace had left for the circus where she worked in a bear act and slid down the wire by her teeth.While my uncle Dave was fighting a in world war one in Europe, my mother and her sister Rose worked in a boarding house to support their mother and two younger sisters.

My mother met my father, who had just left his homestead in Delta Utah, and a dance in Salt Lake City. Both thinking that the other was from the same locality and has where the church was that sponsored  the dance.They found each other after one year of searching. Throughout their 66 years of marriage they always celebrated the day they first met. There pic is at the top of the page.

My father’s parents met when my grandmother took care of my grandfather in Porterville, Utah after he had been seriously injured while quarrying granite for the Salt Lake City Temple. She cared for him for two years but she was too young to marry when he left. So we went back eight years later and married her. They went by horse and buggy to Manti,Utah to be married in the Manti Utah Temple.

I met my wife, Pat, who is now suffering from dementia and has a full-time caregiver when I got home from Korea in 1952. My friend, Larry Haywood, who died a couple of years ago, had moved to a new home with his parents. I first saw my wife to be playing football with her three little brothers on the front lawn. Our local church leader had decided that we recover we veterans returning home were a big nuisance and that we needed to get married. So he had my brother-in-law put on a presentation of the Pirates of Penzance. I was a pirate and also a Keystone cop while my wife was one of the orphan damsels.

Over the years, I wrote a number of poems for my wife on Mother’s Day:

Adam Said
by John Taylor Jones

For Mother’s Day
Saturday, May 8, 1999

Adam said, Eve my dear,
You’ve eaten the forbidden fruit.
She looked at him and answered back,
Yes, I’m getting the boot.

He said to her, Eve my dear,
I like your skin and hair,
And I get a little tingle
When with those eyes you stare.

She said to him, I’ll miss you so
When Father kicks me out.
Now don’t you ever think of me;
Never give a pout.

He answered back with some regret,
I’ll dearly miss you too,
If I didn’t have a lot more ribs
I’m sure with you I’d go.

That’s right, she said,
You do have ribs a plenty more to spare,
But won’t you miss this little rib?
Won’t you miss my stare?

She stared at him, he looked away,
Then rubbed his perfect tummy,
You know, he said, I have a pain,
I’m really getting hungry.

She bid him come and sat him down,
And put his lunch before him.
He ate the fruit and felt real good,
“I’m going with you, honey!”

There are many songs about Mother Here is a video of one I like:


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