A Cowboy’s Faith: Generous Mom remembered at century mark

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Mommas are the most important person in the entire universe.”

No debate about the comment, other than recognizing The Almighty God who created everything.

Nobody would be around now or before or into the future without a mother, mom, momma, ma, whatever moniker preference.

Mom, affectionately remembered by most as Laura Mae, passed away nearly 38 years ago at age 62. Do the math, Laurie, as sometimes referred to with orneriness by her only child, would have been 100 years old on Jan. 7.

Without prejudice, Mom was the most interested congenial generous person always giving others helping hand.

Laurie’s heartfelt way was related in a phone call Saturday afternoon.

A smiling farm boy was paid $7.50 every two weeks for milking cows twice daily on the family farm dairy. It cost a dollar a day to eat at the high school cafeteria, a total of $10, for two weeks. That was $2.50 more than the farm boy earned.

Never shy most congenial, the boy went into Laura Mae’s (what many called Buchman’s Grocery). He explained his financial situation to Mom always at the cash register in the front of the store.

The high school freshman’s plan was to buy a loaf of bread, and leave it at the store. Then come in every noon, take out two slices of bread, buy a slice of bologna, and make a sandwich. That’d be enough for a growing boy’s dinner and he’d have enough money to pay for it.

Well, Laura Mae, always smart with finances seemingly, took a different look at the young man’s dilemma. She said, “Just give me your $7.50, now, come in every noon, and I’ll have your dinner ready.”

Without exception Chris would head to Buchman’s Grocery as soon as vo-ag class let out right before noon. A sandwich with different meat every day, an apple, or orange or banana, plus chips, and milk were waiting.

“At the end of two weeks there was always money left over Laura Mae gave me back. She took care of me. I could even buy candy,” said the now more mature farm boy still smiling 46 years later. That went on for two years.

Every Mom is one-of-a-kind, and “Laurie” is missed very much.

Reminded of First Timothy 5:10: “Mother is known for helping, showing kindness to others.”


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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