my mother in law is one of our fair city's most beloved women. she
is gracious and kind to every person she meets and always remembers
their name. even though the rest of the community calls her husband,
'mr. h.', she is known to everyone as 'peg.'
and when i say everyone, i mean the grocery clerks, the waitresses at
olive garden, the gas attendants at texaco, the teachers at the local
elementary school, and every employee in her husband's company.
her beauty is legendary, her charm is remarkable, but her skill in
extracting money from local business men is extraordinary. in one
year she raised about $2,000,000 for our flailing local libraries by
frying up bacon, baking homemade pecan rolls, and pleading with
those helpless men for their dollars.
she is a woman of great faith and wisdom. having been in her
sunday school classes, i can attest to her understanding and love
of the scriptures and her Saviour. having been her daughter in
law for almost 30 years, i can speak of her kindness and grace.
one of my favorite 'peg' traits, though, is her humility. recently,
she made one of her delicious soups, but when we tried to praise
her, she said what she always says, "oh boo!"
"humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth, honor, and life."