Mama was a fun lady with long auburn hair that wrapped around her head in two pretty braids. She was usually smiling, but behind that smile was a strong woman who knew how to do the important things in life and how to teach her children to do the same.
She believed women should be as educated as possible because few could make a living on their own. She was born in 1900 and went to college about the time of World War I, and the Great influenza pandemic followed. Many women had to give up their children when the father died or couldn’t work and take care of the family.
Mama tried to instill in her five girls the need to be able to work outside the home if necessary, to learn how to stretch money, grow and preserve food, and take care of your health. Plus, she expected all her children to obey God and the ten commandments.
Our family is a bunch of work-a-holic achievers. Of course, because we’re Christians, we believe God had a lot to do with that, directing our paths and that sort of thing, but we also know our will is involved. Two of my brothers worked their way to doctorate degrees at young ages, another became a minister, and the rest of us went into business or other careers. Even though I married young, I became a Sunday school teacher, youth leader, writer, and newspaper reporter.
At one of our reunions, a niece and I sat in a porch swing and watched the campground where the extended family spread itself out.
“Nicholsons are supposed to be in charge!” she said with a laugh. “Look. Even down to my generation, we’re in business or doing something where we can take control.”
I’ve heard so many great stories about my parents’ lives that I decided to write a book about it, Love’s Delicate Blossom. It’s the third in the Peaches and Dreams series. The first book in the series, The Lady Fugitive, was patterned after my grandmother, who as an orphan had to run from an abusive uncle.
The books are fiction, but many of the interesting things and events that occurred in our family inspired the conflict in my characters’ lives. I think you’ll enjoy them.
Ada is the author of nine books, hundreds of articles and stories in Christian publications, and even more as news articles when she worked as a journalist at The Pueblo Chieftain.
She’s been married sixty-five years, has fivechildren, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren—plus some amazing daughters, sons, and grandchildren who married into the family.
Ada has played the piano or organ for churches; sang in choirs, trios, as a soloist; and taught church youth for at least thirty years.
Ada’s Amazon author page— http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06
Love’s Delicate Blossom—https://www.amazon.com/dp/1731156065