By Shelley Graham
Marcie/Editor: Behind the scenes, we’ve been gushing over and shrieking with laughter at old photos of Shelley’s mom!! And now it’s time for the Big Reveal — (drum roll, please)…
Marcie: That’s…amazing! The hat, the gloves, the hanky! Is she modeling at an event or just been named queen of something? She’s on a stage!
Shelley: This was in high school. She made this jumper dress in home economics, then they modeled their creations with a little fashion show.
Marcie: She looks precious, so feminine. And that hem is spot on.
Suzy: Omg! I’m dying! This one is awesome!
Shelley: She was asked by a photographer for the Enid, Oklahoma newspaper to pose for some pics for a fashion spread that they were running. This vest, striped shirt and pants are actually her clothes. :^)
Suzy: Oh!! This one!!
Shelley: This was from a photo shoot she had at a park. My sister, Debbie, actually remembers going with her as a little girl when this one was taken.
Mara: These are just amazing.
Shelley: These are studio shots taken at different times.
Marcie: That has to be a hair piece, right? She has the neck of a swan! What a gorgeous woman.
Shelley: Mom as a child.
Marcie: Your mom truly embodied whatever time period she was living in — 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s…
Shelley: We never had much money growing up but somehow we always managed to have nice clothes. My sister and I both worked retail to support our habit. My mom obviously had a huge fashion influence on me.
The Real-Real Behind the Scenes
Joy the Nun.
Marcie: Uhm, she was a nun at one time, too!??? Shelley!! Ohmigosh, her LIFE! How did she go from nun to wife and mother?
Shelley: Well, she grew up going to Catholic schools. They were extremely poor. Her dad had left them, and my grandmother was raising 6 kids. When she graduated high school, all she knew was being around nuns. She joined the convent. It was obviously not for her. She lasted a couple of years. My aunt tells stories about her going to visit mom and my mom dying for my aunt to bring her makeup. It wasn’t long after she was out of the convent that she met my dad. This was the beginning of Roy and Joy and 4 kids in 5 years (Catholic). Haha.
Marcie: There’s a whole lot of different women inside your mom, Shelley, lol. Probably like most of us, snort.
A Little Background Music
EDITOR’S NOTE: Sooooooo, LOL. BEFORE Shelley laid the nun pics on us, I was telling Shelley her mom looked like Dusty Springfield! And we could have “Son of a Preacher Man” be the background music! Woohoo Dusty! Yeah, so groooovy! And Shelley’s only reaction at that time is “Yep, that would be a good one.” ;^) < tears streaming down my cheeks now > #showingnocards #beinggoodisntalwayseasy
I have to do another one, too. I just keep hearing “The Sound of Music” and “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” Well, how DO you catch a cloud and pin it down? You don’t. :^)