The Mom Job by LuRain Penny

An excerpt from Miss Penny’s autobiography, Maintenance Drinker in the New Age.

Motherhood is the only state of the union, I never been in.

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 My own was an accidental parent.

A case of immaculate deception.

Mama never told me very much, so I never forgot it.

We never shared no sort of bond at all.

She farmed me out to sitters shortly after I danced out of her womb.

There is little recollection left of those early minders.

I was blessed to have been in the care of a woman who was my true mama in all but name.

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Ms. Wheater was Black.

We called them Colored in those days.

I seen no difference between us.

She had four kids of her own, and a man who brought in just enough to feed three.

She hired out. I was left with her family.

For nine years.

I ate with them, played with them, went to school with them.

Did a lot of crying out my fears and frustrations on Ms. Wheater’s skirts.

Christmas was spent with her family.

On birthdays, she always made little unfrosted cakes.

Sometimes I get a handmedown from one of her daughters.

A pair of her son’s brown boots, once his toes had shot holes through them.

I realized later that her life was very hard.

You’d have never known it by looking at her though.

She always clean and smiling.

She sang all the time, we sung together.

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The Great Depression was in full bloom causing mass migration.

Folks trekked elsewhere to find jobs, houses, even food they could afford.

Her oldest boy got work out West, in an oil field or some such.

They packed up and followed him there, hoping for a better life.

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I cried to the depths of my soul when she told me.

She held me for a long time, while I sobbed; humming softly, soothingly.

At last, drained of tears, I looked up at her wonderful face, which I adored more than any on Earth.

I said, “How am I going to live now?”

Those large eyes shimmered, staring straight into my heart.

“Every time you sing, I’ll hear you.  Think on that.  I’ll always be listening for your song.”

We never saw each other again.

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 Losing Ms. Wheater was the death of my childhood.

Over the years, I real glad she not around to see what a mess I done to my life.

Thinking of her high opinion made me ashamed.

When I had my first Comeback, I tried to find her, to no avail.

 Folks blew away with the dust back then.

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All you who have a mother who loves you should feel very, very lucky.

Spend more than one day a year telling her how grateful you are.

There ain’t nothing scarier or more sacred than birthing a baby then sacrificing everything for it’s upbringing.

Civilization would be just rubble if it weren’t for the Moms keeping it all going.

I love you, Ms. Wheater.

Happy Mother’s Day

LuRain

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2017

Healing Power of Animals : Talk w/ a Tail

LuRain Penny is a singer, songwriter & philospher.

Most of her life was spent without the company of animals.

Coming in close contact brought her a new understanding of their loving nature.

In this short interview with her friend and artist, aza cody, Miss Penny discusses two tender life changing relationships with furry fellows.

“Very Moving. Remarkably Human.” @BillNigh

We appreciate your comments!

Let us know you stopped by.

Cheers,

aza

Peaceful World Wide

The Women’s Marches World Wide were the largest in history.

They were also completely Peaceful.

That’s how Women roll.

#matchthatmen

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This picture of Miss Penny was taken before the march in our little town.

For us, it was not a protest.

We were celebrating of our Right as Americans to Assembly and Free Speech.

  Humorously titled Dodging Facial Recognition Software,

this image would not upload to Twitter with that name.

Changed to Against the Rain, no problem.

Obvious deletions to our freedom will be easy to spot.

What is scarier are the many subtle manipulations of thought.

Share, Care, Be Aware.

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2017

Courage by LuRain Penny

“There are many forms of Resistance.

Love in the face of hate is the most courageous.

Be the Better World.”

 LuRain Penny

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Portrait of Miss Penny by codifyer

2017

We Don’t Care To Be Parted: My Family

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My Family is unique.

We chose each other.

LuRain Penny ( on your left ) has been with me since the day we met in the 80’s.

She is a Singer, Songwriter and Philospher.

Her words are those I Live by.

Getting very old, unless she’s mistaken.

She’s not always on the Planet.

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We’re still working on her autobiography, Maintenance Drinker in the New Age.

Her memory has become untrustworthy so she’s decided to “just make it up as we go along.”

Most of her time nowadays is spent sleeping with Indigo Kitty aka Capt. Black, Adventure Cat.

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My Boy stalked us soon after we lost Cody, our big Lab.

He is the Love of my Life.

And I’m a Dog guy.

We live in pastoral simplicity between Mountain and Sea.

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Lucky, huh?

HYN,

aza 2017

 

 

Luna LuRain

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Halloween Portrait of the Performer and Philosopher LuRain Penny by the Lady She lives with.

Happy Holidays!

aza

2016

LuRain Penny Reads Pirate.KittyCat.Toon by Codifyer

LuRain Penny reads Pirate.KittyCat.Toon!™

This is the next step in mounting the book for sale.

Hope you get a chance to look, like & leave a comment.

When Miss Penny first met Indigo Black she wasn’t sure she was going to like him.

Only a short time before, our beloved dog Cody passed from us, leaving an empty hole in our home & our lives.

Indigo hung out on the back porch for months until we noticed.

His loneliness touched my Heart so I invited him in.

Miss Penny was not ready to love another animal. Her feelings for Cody were so profound she was resentful of the cat.

In her own words, “I was skeered of him at first. Teeth like bone needles!”

But he soon won her over with his gentleness, humor & his Love.

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Plans are in the works to send Miss Penny into schools & libraries to read Pirate Kitty to kids & share an interactive discussion on kindness & caring.

“We must reach the children if we want to create a Better World. They are the future.”

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In Other News:

A percentage of royalties from sales at the Pirate.KittyCat.Toon Store will be donated to The Home For Life Sanctuary in Wisconsin. This wonderful organization takes care of otherwise unadoptable pets & deserves recognition & support.

More about them in the next blog.

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Thank you for your encouragement of this project.

Happy Hols!

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