Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Writer – Linda Bethea – Grandma and the Coat from Hell

Family stories are so rich in history and life ways and Linda’s story is no exception, as Linda and I have similar stories to share. Thank you to Sally for posting this great look into family life at a time when large families had to make do with less, but managed quite well with ingenuity and perseverance. Karen 🙂

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

It is time to catch up with Linda Bethea and her extended family…and this week her well-meaning Grandma and her sometimes unwelcome gifts.

Grandma and the Coat from Hell by Linda Bethea.

Since there were five kids in our family, Grandma did her best to help out when she could.

Sometimes I still hate her for it. Once she went to the Goodwill Store and bought me the ugliest coat in the world. I didn’t have a problem with Goodwill. It was ugly that bothered me. It was a knee-length brown hounds-tooth wool dress coat of the style not seen since movies from the 1940’s, trimmed with brown velvet cuffs and collar and huge brown buttons with big rhinestones in the middle. I had hoped for a parka with fake-fur collar like the high society girls in my class. I turned to Mother, hoping for salvation. Mother was ecstatic, probably…

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K DeMers Dowdall

Karen DeMers Dowdall was born in West Hartford, Connecticut. She has lived in Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and England. Karen has a PhD, MSN, BSN, RN in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. “Books of every genre teach us about life, how we think, and view the world." She has written poems and little short stories since she was a child. Karen loves art, she enjoys drawing, painting in oils, pastels, colored pencils, and doing portraiture. She has also taken ballet, Jazz, and modern dance since she was three years old and owned her own dance studio.

6 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Writer – Linda Bethea – Grandma and the Coat from Hell

  1. I felt like I had a whole wardrobe of this when I was a kid….I hated everything in my closet because I picked so little of it out myself. And it wasn’t just dislike: I abhorred it all! I am scarred, I tell you, scarred for Life!

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    1. Hi KC, I know the feeling! I thought I lived in old fabric handed down over 50 years and made into a dress, skirt, blouse and so on. However, I stood proud in my newly made clothes, but inside…no so much. I am glad to hear so many people relating to our sad past history. We should start a club…just kidding! Karen 🙂

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