Thank you to Lisa at The Accidental Genealogist for the great Fearless Females prompts for the month of March. Prompt # 17: Social Butterfly? What social organizations or groups did your mother or grandmother belong to? Sewing circle, church group, fraternal benefit society or lodge? Describe her role in the group.
Social Butterfly? Not my mother. Not her mother, or her mother's mother or her mother's grandmother, and not her mother's great-grandmother Those stoic women were born and bred to be loners. Following the Trail of Tears from Tennessee, homesteading in the hills of Missouri and Oregon did not give great opportunity for socialization. So generation to generation to generation, these were women who kept their own secrets and dreams, worked hard, raised families, but never talked much. They did not "do" sewing circles or church groups --- even though they might quilt every evening and read the Bible. Even when the opportunity to visit neighbors arose, these women were reticent. If one learned from these women it was by watching and learning by how they lived their lives. It seems to have worked well, but I don't think they had much fun.