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....carpe diem. The Daylily. "Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun." Khalil Gibran. She gives her all for just one day then bows her head to God and fades away to nourish the next generation. God I pray I may give my all each day to honor you and bow my head at the end to nourish the next generation. Peggy Jones. NOTE............ Please folks do not copy any of my art or photos on my blog without my permission. Thank you for your good manners.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Some kind of queen. Sepia Saturday

Alan's prompt shows the Dental Hygiene Fairy with a group of children in 1920 educating them in the importance of dental hygiene.

Using the theme of girl in the center
I found this photo of the 1953 Mardi Gras Queen at my high school.

I was a sophomore at that time and the queen always came from the senior class.
I cannot remember what her name was but I remember the guy. 
He is one of my cousins.

The Mardi Gras was the parochial school  version of the prom.
It was held the week-end before the beginning of Lent as being Catholic we did not hold dances or any kinds of hoopla during Lent.

No marriages were allowed in the church during Lent etc.

I just love his argyle socks and found many examples of them in the rest of the photos in this group.
This honor was bestowed by the vote of the sister teachers of our school.

Most other honors were awarded by virtue of GPA or student vote.
The sisters felt the honor of being the Mardi Gras Queen represented them so they would always pick someone they considered a virtuous and spiritual girl.

No sour grapes here, well maybe a little,  but by virtue of GPA I would have been Mardi Gras Queen in 1956 but I had a boy friend, a freshman in the college there, so the sisters did not vote me as their queen.

I was on the court of course.
The girl who was selected as queen in 1956 had never had a date before.
She was very kind and a great friend.
She was one of my best friends.

By popular vote in the senior book I was voted Most Popular.

A big bad senior I guess.

By way of bragging, sorry Lord,  I was also awarded the highest esteemed scholarship to Sienna College in Tennessee. Now that was earned.
But because my mother was a single mom raising three children I had to go to work.
My father had abandoned us.

A girl from a broken family had a stigma to carry.
Sorry to say but it was the truth back in the 40s and 50s.

My heart was broken.

I had attended this high school on a scholarship awarded to me from my elementary school owned by the same group of sisters.

They had to put up with me for 12 years.
I was not a bad girl I was just lively and very visible,  all 99 pounds of me.

But life has taken me on the path that has brought me to serenity and happiness in life. 
I have no regrets.

Forever I will be the Wife of the Year (52 times) and Mother of the Year (of 6 for 51 times,) as my most cherished honor.

My Fairy Name

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Food Smarts said...

What a wonderful life you made for yourself after a rough start. You are/were so beautiful and smart, no wonder you were able to survive and thrive. "Lively and very visible" I bet you lit up a room!

Kristin said...

Sounds like you were a winner in the important things after all. Too bad about the scholarship though.

Vee said...

Yes, there are some things that we must just give a nod to and say goodbye. You are the Queen of your home and your hubby's heart and that's all the Queen you need I am sure. (Though those sisters didn't always know how to call'em.)

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Oh, Queen Peggy ... the picture was wonderful, but I was so sad to learn that you weren't able to use your scholarship through no fault of your own. Of course you were the most popular, and now the best wife, mother and grandmother! I guess that it all works out in the end, and you are surrounded by those you love and who love you.


Kathy M.

Pondside said...

You may not have had the prize in your senior year, but you have ALL the prizes in your senior years!

Little Nell said...

I’m sorry to hear about the scholarship Peggy; exactly the same thing happened to my mother. You, like she, went on to be happy with a loving family. What more could we ask.

Alan Burnett said...

A perfect pictorial match for the theme, leading to a thought-provoking and life-acclaiming set of memories. What more could we ask for.

bj said...

Bless your heart, little Queen. Being Queen of your home, your husband's heart and all your sweet children and indeed, a most fitting Queen.

You and I graduated the same year..have the same number of years of marriage under our belts and ....have the same color hair. Hahahaaa...ain't life grand !!

Wendy said...

One of the big ironies is how judgmental and unchristian the church can be sometimes. Your life has been a testimony to your faith. Now, being less serious, I really like your take on the theme going with "the girl in the middle." So clever.

Teresa Wilson Rogers said...

Shame on you for having a boyfriend....not. :-) Funny how life works out, huh? Sounds like to me that you won the big prize in the end.