This past Mother's day, I watched an old black- and- white movie, I Remember Mama, starring Irene Dunne. There are so many wonderful lessons you can glean from this movie. I'll share a little with you here:
1. The story is about a Norwegian Family, living in San Fransisco in 1910. There are 3 girls and 1 boy, along with Mama and Dad.
2. They are so careful with their money. Each week, Mama counts out the income and creates a pile for each expense, some for Elizabeth's shoes, some for the electric bill, etc. When the son asks if it is possible for him to attend high school, everyone in the family comes up with a sacrificial plan to provide the extra money to pay for this. Then Dad offers to give up his tobacco. I love how everyone works hard to contribute to the needs of the entire family.
3. I loved watching Mother go about her household duties and solving problems with dignity.
4. Here's a bit of trivia: Aunt Trina was played by Ellen Corby, who, 24 years later, became the famous and beloved Grandma Walton!
This movie was made in 1948, and was inspired by a book by Kathryn Forbes, Mama's Bank Account, written about her grandmother. I own a copy of this book and love it! Later, there was a TV Show, sponsored by Maxwell House Coffee. My Mother loved to watch that program.
There are so many heartwarming scenes in this movie. I hope you can find a way to watch it!