The Edmond Sun

Features

July 13, 2013

AS I SEE IT: Aunt Anna, all these years later, proven right

EDMOND — Aunt Anna would have been shocked by my new mug shot sitting dead center of last week’s column. Not in the paper you held in your hand, but in the colored version appearing in The Edmond Sun’s E-edition.

I hadn’t thought of Aunt Anna in ages ... wouldn’t be thinking of her now if The Sun’s courier had delivered the hand-held black-and-white version to my mailbox as usual. What a loss that would have been. Aunt Anna deserves remembering. She would have been shocked by the bright red gash that appeared where my mouth should have been in that photo. Even I was shocked when I saw it.  

Aunt Anna was Mom’s oldest sister, a good Mennonite woman married to a good Mennonite man who felt obliged to direct not only their own seven children but Mom and Dad’s two in the way they should go. Lipstick was not the way they should go.

I’m a seventh grader living with my family in Weatherford. Aunt Anna has driven over from Corn to buy groceries and now she’s in the kitchen chatting with Mom. It’s coming onto dark that late spring Saturday evening. I’m standing at my bedroom mirror applying Tangee lipstick to my 12-year-old lips when my aunt’s gasp and then her voice come to me from behind my left shoulder. She likely included scripture verses, but what I remember her saying is, “Lipstick is the work of the Devil!”

I looked at the tube I was holding in my hand and was puzzled. If you’re of my vintage, you know that Tangee is the equivalent of a training bra — barely pink but a step toward what’s yet to come. The Devil’s work? I couldn’t see it, but Aunt Anna was still sputtering.

“Cheap!” she barked. “When I was your age I rubbed red food coloring on my lips and I couldn’t wait to get home and scrub it off!”

Food coloring? I thought as I dabbed Blue Waltz perfume behind my ears. Hadn’t she once said she also felt cheap the time she rubbed vanilla extract behind her own ears? Well, of course, I thought as I fled the house that evening. Who wouldn’t?

I hurried on to lock arms with other Tangeed/Blue Waltzed pre-teens, to walk Main Street’s sidewalks from east to west and back again until the theater’s marquee lights came on, and all was right with my world.

My aunt was a good woman. I loved her as much as she would let me, which wasn’t enough to take her advice on what’s cheap and what’s not ... not until I caught sight of my mug shot in last Saturday’s E-edition issue of The Edmond Sun. Wherever you are, dear Aunt Anna, please know you were right.

MARJORIE ANDERSON is an Edmond resident.

1
Text Only
Features
  • MS_Andy Billups.jpg Local man relies on experience in July 4 emergency

    Andy Billups just happened to have gained experience as a combat zone firefighter/medic while he was serving as a civilian contractor in Iraq.
    The Edmond businessman just happened to have a friend with a place on Grand Lake where he has been viewing Independence Day fireworks for a number of years, and he just happened to be there July 4.
    And he just happened to be relaxing on a hammock when he heard a some kids making a commotion.
    Located two blocks east of Disney on State Highway 28 in the foothills of the Ozark Mountain Range in northeast Oklahoma, the 59,000-plus surface acre Grand Lake is known for its state parks, marinas, restaurants, motels and fishing.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • -1.jpg 5-year-old learns valuable lessons

    It is never too soon to learn about giving and receiving. An Edmond 5-year-old recently learned about both.
    Kendall Kingry will be entering kindergarten at Will Rogers Elementary this fall and she is already looking forward to November.
    “I get to go to Disneyland in November,” Kendall said.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • peach formatted.jpg Hard year for peaches doesn’t dampen summer tradition  

    A rusting, silver-colored water tower tells visitors to this rural town between Muskogee and Tulsa that they’ve come to the “Peach Capitol of Oklahoma.”
    Residents of Stratford, the state’s other self-proclaimed peach capital, might beg to differ. Even so, Porter is known for its peaches, and every year thousands of people flood this town of about 600 residents to taste and celebrate the local crop during the three-day Peach Festival.
    Like the aging water tower, Porter’s peach industry isn’t as vibrant as it once was.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Final step to train toddler with baby on way

    Q: Using your advice, I successfully toilet-trained my daughter by age 16 months. It is now three months later and we are still using diapers at naps and nighttime. At her nap, which lasts several hours, she fully soaks her diaper. At night, she is taking off her diaper prior to falling asleep, wetting the bed after she goes to sleep and then crying for us when she wakes up in a pool of pee. Is this a sign that I should begin night training? I'm hesitant to do this because I am 8 months pregnant and don't relish the idea of waking up several times a night to take her to the bathroom and tending to a newborn as well. I would prefer to continue using diapers until she is old enough to get out of bed and take herself to the potty (even a potty in her room). Is this unrealistic? Or should I just deal with the extra night wakings and start taking her to the potty a few times a night now? If not, how do I keep her diaper on at night?

    July 25, 2014

  • Living Smart: How landscaping can deter intruders, pests

    Done right, landscaping can do much more than attract compliments and boost your property value. It can help you repel intruders, both human and natural.
    Landscaping experts who’ve earned high marks from Angie’s List members say overgrown bushes and shrubs are like welcome mats to burglars. Keep plants and trees trimmed. Place thorny but attractive bougainvillea or barberry bushes under windows, sending would-be thieves a sharp message to go elsewhere.

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-26 YARD OF THE WEEK.jpg Ganns earn Yard of the Week honors

    This week’s “Edmond Yard of the Week” winner has been in existence for 44 years at 105 Barbara Drive, but looks fresh and new thanks to longtime residents Betty and Gordon Gann as they fill their garden spaces to overflowing with colors and textures.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Discard the boredom of family game night

    We’re all about families having fun together, and game night is one of the best ways to do that. But playing the same games over and over can get a little stale. So in the interests of injecting a little more fun into your family’s game night, here are some great choices that will keep you and yours engaged and laughing.

    July 25, 2014

  • What’s normal age for voice change?

    Q: When is it normal for a boy’s voice to change? My son is 10, and his voice is getting deeper every day.
    A.: “It’s a very variable process,” says pediatrician Bonnie Miller, associate director of general pediatrics at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y.. “Puberty will begin as early as age 9. Generally with the advent of puberty, the voice box changes.”

    July 25, 2014

  • IMG_2996.JPG Krazy Daze hits downtown Edmond

    Newly transplanted Edmond residents Hannah Brenning, Cheyenne Middle School 8th grader; Jordan Brenning, Cross Timbers 4th grader; and Sydney Brenning, North High School freshman; check out the items in front of Sterling's in downtown Edmond during the Krazy Daze Sale lasting through Saturday. Businesses will open their doors at 10 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Living history presented at metropolitan libraries

    Hear stories of pace setting women in different eras throughout history. Biographies of Wild West trailblazers, The Harvey Girls, WWII assembly line champion-Rosie the Riveter, mail order bride Mary Elizabeth Walker, and Oklahoma society lady Stella Louise Wilson-Johnson will be reenacted by gifted and prolific storyteller Barbara Byrd.
    Stella Louise Wilson-Johnson was the wife of a prominent Guthrie attorney who shares her experiences and adventures during the early days of Oklahoma statehood. Her presentation will be at 7 p.m. Monday, July 28, Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard. For more information, visit www.metrolibrary.org

    July 25, 2014