Monday, November 24, 2008

mosses monday XI...

one of mrs. moss' favorite things to talk about was her childhood. it must have been wonderful and full of love. little lucy had only a younger sister, nellie; they dearly loved one another... so much so i doubt they ever even bickered. the girls were the daughters of lucy and irvin lauenstein. both girls were born in niagara in rural henderson county.

mrs. moss would smile (crinkling her little nose) when reflecting on their horse and buggy rides to niagara methodist church on sunday mornings when they were little girls. they were devout methodist girls; lucy's and nellie's paternal grandfather lauenstein was a german-american methodist minister. mrs. moss treasured the notes (many written in german) and many of his books her family had kept preserved.


she would get tickled telling of how her mother read the classics to nellie and at bedtime. mrs. moss said she never failed to fall asleep long before nellie.  nellie would then beg their mother to continue reading. then, at the breakfast table the following morning, nellie would excitedly tell lucy the parts of the story she'd missed.
the lauenstein girls were close.

as a matter of fact, during the depression, mrs. moss went away to kentucky wesleyan college to get her degree in teaching. at that time it was only a two year course. afterwards, she returned to henderson, obtained a position with the school system teaching math, and helped to pay for nellie's education. she, too, received a teaching degree from wesleyan. 
nellie's passion, however, was literature.

the lauenstein girls were lovely...
the two even shared the same wedding dress,
which their mother hand-made for them.
in 1937, nellie wore the gown first
when she wed rufus brown.
only a month later, lucy wore it
when she wed george moss.

the lauenstein girls grew to be two beloved and respected women...
and closer, if possible, to one another.
maybe, that is why late in their lives when nellie became ill...
mrs. moss did, too.


(to be continued...)

love and blessings,
dani xx

ps you will find earlier entries in ascending order on my side bar entitled, "our love story":)


SuzanSayz said...

It's always so nice to read about sisterly love. Siblings really can add a whole new dimension to family life.

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

You can't stop there, you just can't!

Great story, again!

Jan said...

I love that picture Dani. So very cute. I wish I could have been there when those stories were read at bedtime :) Seems happy.

Tabitha said...

Oh Dani ~ what a great story this is ~ every week I don't want it to end!!
How sad that the sisters were so close that when one got ill, so did the other.
Love and hugs Tabitha XXXX

Amanda said...

I look forward to each Monday. In fact, i cannot wait till next Monday comes along so i can read the next part!
Lovely writing Dani,
Amanda x

Bren's Life said...

Love the picture & your story.. She sounds like such an amazing person.

Shannon said...

Can you imagine riding a horse and buggy to Sunday School.
Thanks for sharing:)