During the last year of my mom's life when she was battling cancer, my sister and I spent a lot of time with her.
While we were all watching an old movie together, my sister thought it would be fun to try and get her to open up about her early dating life a bit more and so shared some of her own "secrets" --kind of like a truth or dare type of thing "I'll tell you my secrets if you tell me yours..."
My sister was also really drunk at this point. Her last question to my mom was how many men she had slept with in her lifetime.
My mom kept her eyes glued on the tv the whole time and my sister eventually got tired of trying to get her to share and rolled on out of the room.
I just stayed there watching the movie. (I had no intention of sharing any of my secrets)
So, my mom and I are sitting there watching the movie and after about 10 minutes (since my sister left) my mother, without taking her eyes off the tv, softy gave voice to a number.
A rather large number, as I saw it!
And I was like "What? What did you say? Wait, what?!!!!"
She said "I used to have all their names written down..."
She said this while still watching the movie and had the faintest smile on her lips. We watched the rest of the show in silence.
My mind was completely blown!
The image I get of this is positively *awesome*, you should know.
Thank-you! She was quite the character. She was also 76 when she died so when she was, um, dating
, it was in the 50s!
She was a starlet on contract with MGM in the late 50s and met just about every major famous person there was--actors, politicians, scientists, civil rights leaders--she reminded me of Forrest Gump in that way. She met every President since Eisenhower up to Bush I.
Soooo, really made me wonder who some of those guys may have been!
And I guess it really is a testament to her that she could blow my mind so thoroughly at that point. After she died I found something else out about her that really blew my mind even more. She was a master at keeping secrets.