We had a wonderful visit and laughed and joked with each other as in days past. She always had a lightheartedness about her that manifested in humor and mischievous teasing. She reminds me of Grandma.
As we chatted this evening, I asked if her parents had to spank her. She affirmed they did and lots. With the spirit of those five girls, I would have guessed as much. Grandma told Aunt Thelma she thought she had spanked her too much. Aunt Thelma told her mother she had not been spanked enough. Can you imagine any child today telling a parent that? Aunt Thelma believes that it is best to let your parents believe they didn't spank enough. "If you lead your parents to believe they spanked you too much, you'll give them a complex about it," said Aunt Thelma. She then said, "It's also best for you to believe they didn't spank you enough."
In a world of people who seem so self-centered today, it is refreshing to see my mother's generation and the thoughtfulness they had for others.