Monday, October 27, 2008

Eccentric not crazy

You know how families all have that one relative that gets talked about for a few generations because of some great accomplishment they had obtained.
Or they had a moment of fame or fortune. The one, that the family bond rests upon because that one person unites it. The one member who puts perspective into the family genealogy.
Well, we have "Great Aunt Zora".
Great Aunt Zora was in the very first class at the University of California at Davis that women were allowed to attend. She jumped box cars in her spare time, owned a Victorian house, yet lived in her chicken coop.
She wore flannel night gowns and army boots, grew her grey hair long and never wore her false teeth. She climbed trees to get closer to God, buried her money in coffee cans and was
a milliner!
The thought that I'm related to Great Aunt Zora, I can't help but wonder what, if any, traits I may have inherited.

So, when I'm 90 I too want to climb trees to get closer to God in my flannel night gown and army boots, with the wind blowing in my long grey hair. But, I want to be called, "eccentric" not "crazy"!

So when the firemen come to help me out of the tree, please let them know I too went to UC Davis and I too was
a milliner!


3rdEyeMuse said...

how extraordinarily cool is that?!?

ps - promise.

One Crabapple said...

Congratulations !

I loved reading your take on being 90 and what you would be doing and what you would be wearing.

I promise to come and make sure they know.

I will tell them from the branch next to You.


KarenHarveyCox said...

Congratulations Terisa. I truly loved this Kentucky Derby hat that you designed. I love this post, and your words are as wonderful as the images that you photograph so well. You are such a gift of inspiration...and if anyone asks me, I'll tell them that you were divinely creative not eccentric or crazy, and I suspect you don't have to climb any trees to be close to God. Your blessings peek through each creation. Karen

vivian said...

great post! did you make that first hat??? that hat is so gorgeous!
my red thing.. I'll finish it by tomorrow.. and get it in the mail by friday.. but is that going to be too late? do you need it by the 1st? If you recieve it by monday or tuesday is that too late? time kind of got away from me and I kept thinking I had lots of it! I might be able to finish it tonight and get it out tomorrow.. I'll try! let me know how fast I need to go!
and please send me your address again.. I probably have it in my emails.. but just in case!
thanks Teresa!

Anonymous said...

what great genes you have! THat is the gift of getting old, you can wear your flannel pajamas if you want.. and if she had enough coffee cans buried, they would have called her eccentric... wonderful!

Lisa "Oceandreamer" S. said...

How fantastic!! You astound me!!!! You absolutely astound me with your talent that has so many sparks it's like a 4th of July sky! I don't think there is anything you can't do!!Beautiful hats!
As for your great aunt....WOW - I love she was her own person. She wasn't crazy....she was authentic to her own world!
I won't be able to call the fire dept. when you're 90 because I may just be sitting in that tree too. And you can be sure my hair will be very long, I'll be in my jammies and for me, probably barefoot. Won't that be fun?

In Blog-land My Name is Lola.... said...


ps. I have art (?), I need an address to send it to!

Kai said...

WOWSER to the HATS! They are just INCREDIBLE! I'm a hat FREAK and LOVE them! Yours are the BEST! As for your eccentric relative - she sounds like so much fun! I say hats off to being eccentric!

'fancypicnic' said...

Love it!! Congratulations....

A bird in the hand said...

Your Aunt Zora sounds wonderful. I love millinery (old) flowers and trimmings. And I thank you for visiting me!


Melanie Gray Augustin said...

What a fabulous life she led! I also want to be thought of as "eccentric" when I get old.