Tuesday, July 17, 2012

What's In A Name Blog Hop

Mama's Got To Doodle... I'm not a mom so why the Mama? Here is the story behind the name.
     I met T the first time I went to college. I'm not being coy, T was short for Teri,nicknamed T-Bird,shortened to T. College didn't take,but the friendship stuck.Moves happened, years passed but we always managed to reconnect.
    When I went back to college,I found T again.In one of my clay classes was a young pup who always wanted to know where I got my bag,(did I want to sell it,barter it for something?) my jewelry, or my hat, he had a friend that would really like it. One day he was giving a tour of the clay studio to some people & lo & behold, one of them was T! She ended up taking some clay classes & we made porcelain beads by the thousands,stringing them up into jewelry.
    Weekends often found me @ her house.She lived in another town about an hour away so I usually stayed over Friday & Saturday nights, got to love southern hospitality!
     T's daughter had spent weekends w/ her grandparents since she was born,so she was usually waiting to be picked up when I got there. During one of these times T was trying out some new pens I brought over. As she was bemoaning lack of funds to buy some of her own, her daughter came in & started talking about some tennis shoes she wanted. I joked "You can't get new shoes, your Mama's got to doodle, she needs these pens". We all laughed, T looked @ me & said "Mama's got to doodle, I like it"
We used it as our 'dba' once to enter a show, but the show fell through. After that we used it as a shorthand way to say"necessities be damned, we need these art supplies", little inside joke,if you will.
      In June of 2009T was scheduled to come up & visit. We planned to hit the bead show that was in town,float in the pool,eat too well, drink too much, & make new juju,( it had become a tradition on our visits to make new jewelry to commemorate the visit). T didn't make the trip,she took ill Wednesday night, & that Friday morning she stepped on a rainbow,( a Kinky Friedman reference,a shared love of ours).
      It was a rough summer.
      September found me searching for a new outlook. I had discovered blogs in August & thought one of my own would be a good place to start. As soon as I knew I wanted to write a blog, the name was obvious, it had to be Mama's Got to Doodle.
     So there you have it. The long meandering story behind the name of my blog.I hope you could feel the love & enjoy the story w/o too much sorrow.
       Thanks, & Happy Birthday to Shelley of  Tori Sophia for the hop.I've always had it in the back of my mind to share the story but never followed through.This hop was just what I needed to get me going.Below are the other hoppers, Enjoy!

 Blog Host/Birthday Girl! - Shelley Graham Turner of Tori Sophia

a pair of T's earrings,cica 1992


  1. Such a lovely tribute to a dear friend. You were fortunate to have one who shared so much with you. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Jayne..wow your blog was a tearjerker! Sad but beautiful. How wonderful you have such memories and a muse in "T". A friendship like that doesn't come around everyday, atleast not for me. I am envious of you.

    On a side note...you just had to mention that reference to Kinky. Being nosey I had to look...Danny Rosenthal indeed!

    XXOooh!! Shelley

  3. Thank you for sharing your story.

  4. I totally agree with Shelley, love your blog name...

  5. Wow, what a lovely sentimental story, and a terrific name! So glad you shared this, and I felt privileged to read it!

  6. I'm honored to have read your story tonight about your dear friend. How lucky you were to have had a friend that shared your same interests. And, I enjoyed the pic of T's earrings!

  7. Your story brought tears. Thanks for your openness and what a wonderful thing to have such a friend. Sorry for your loss. :0)

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