By Mary Ellen Greene
It has been a long time since I have written a column, but I had two separate thoughts in my mind this week, so I decided to write about them.
The first thought I wanted to write about was my wonderful and gracious mother-in-law, Cora Lee (Harsfield) Greene. She and I were very close. She was born in Jefferson County and finished school there. She later married Thomas Harvey Greene, Sr. on August 12, 1936, and moved to Madison County with her new husband, where she lived until she died on April 1, 1998.
Mr. and Mrs. Greene had two sons, Thomas Harvey Greene, Jr. (Tommy), and William Eugene Greene (Bubba). Both sons still live in Madison County.
Mrs. Greene had five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. They loved her so much, and today, they still speak of her in the pet name they gave her, which was “Me-me.”
She was like a second mother to me, and one day when I was in the kitchen talking with her while Tommy was on the tractor mowing, she said, “Mary Ellen, you are the daughter I never had, and I love you so much.”
I will never forget her and what she meant to me. She passed away in 1998, and I have always remembered a poem that said: “The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her.”
Another quote I remember when I think of her is: “The remembrance of a beloved mother becomes a shadow to all our actions; it precedes, or fellows them.”
Cora Lee Hartsfield Greene will always be a driving force in our lives, and the lives of her many friends and adoring children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In closing, I want to say a belated “Happy Valentine Day” to all our readers, our friends and our family.
I personally have the best of all Valentines, however, because, mine is a permanent one.
Several years ago I told The Husband, “You aren’t as romantic as you used to be, because you used to buy me lovely Valentines and they were so romantic. Now, you hardly remember what the day is all about.”
So, later that day, he surprised me and took me back to my office in the morgue area, and there on my wooden door were huge letters that read:
“Be My Val-N-Tine -
“I Hope This Is Row-Mad-Eck Enough!”
So, this year, I will look at my door again, and know that I am still “his Valentine.”
Tommy – Our Love Is Forever, and you are truly my Redneck Valentine.
“Nuff said….Bye for now….See ‘ya.”