This August, I celebrated my 58th birthday. My stepson, now a computer science major at college, taught me all about video games, so I now see myself more as Level 58. It sounds like so much more of an accomplishment… Anyway, I digress. So I’m 58 and I was born in 1958. I like this. Mom was almost 45 in that year. She and Dad had been married for almost 20 years. He was a painter. She was the breadwinner. But after 20 years, she decided that more than anything, she wanted to have a baby. And he agreed. I was one of those fortunate ones who was wanted and loved. I never felt a day growing up without the security of feeling that I was the center of their world. I would give anything to have one more day with them both. But they surround me still with their work. This blog is about Mom, but Dad’s paintings fill my home as well.
So what happened in 1958. Here’s a page from my baby book.
Ike was President, although Mom was a huge fan of Adlai Stevenson, his opponent in the 1952 and 1956 elections. Averill Harriman was Governor of New York and Robert Wagner Mayor of NYC. The Polio Vaccine had just been introduced. It helped wipe out the disease in this country. Satellites were a new thing – remember Sputnik? Mom loved classical music, so Van Cliburn and Yasha Heifetz were big on here list of the best entertainers, along with Louis Armstrong, Elvis, Marilyn and Marlon. The great minds of the time varied from Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas to existential philosopher Albert Camus to, of course, Picasso. Doing what she did best, there are sketches of the popular styles of the time, including Trapeze dress and Flower hats! Yikes!!
I love that Mom lives on now and that you all know about her. I decided to celebrate 58 with you by having a sale on Hilda’s site. All of our 9″x12″ Limited Edition Prints are $58 until the end of August. And for anyone else who is 58 born in ’58, I’ll put in a little extra present. Just let me know.
So here’s to Mom. She made it to Level 90. Quite an accomplishment. But it still feels like she’s right here next to me.