If my mom were alive today, she’d be celebrating her 106th birthday.
Born 11-15-1915, she was an Scorpio, through and through.
Do you put any stock in the Zodiac signs? Here’s what the internet reveals about people born October 23 to Nov. 21:
Scorpio is one of the most misunderstood signs of the zodiac. Because of its incredible passion and power, Scorpio is often mistaken for a fire sign. In fact, Scorpio is a water sign that derives its strength from the psychic, emotional realm. Like fellow water signs, Cancer and Pisces, Scorpio is extremely clairvoyant and intuitive.
What makes this water sign unique is its distinctive venomous sting. Like their celestial spirit animal, the scorpion, Scorpios lie in wait and strike when least expected. Life is a game of chess for these calculating water signs, who are constantly plotting several steps ahead in order to orchestrate an eventual checkmate. This doesn’t mean their intentions are necessarily nefarious. Scorpios simply know what they want and aren’t afraid to work hard and play the long game to get it.
This is one of my favorite pictures of mom and me. She knit my sweater and sewed the skirt that went with it. She fixed my hair so meticulously! Look at the little watch on my wrist. Don’t I look loved and cared for?
My Scorpio mom was not afraid to work hard – for what she wanted and for what she wanted my sister and me to have. As I mentioned in a recent post about self-confidence, she planted in me the firm belief that I could do and be anything I set my mind to.
That’s my mom (Elizabeth) with my dad (Salvadore) at their wedding. They met on a double date set up by mom’s younger sister, Emogene. Later known to me as “Aunt Jean,” Emogene was Sal’s date and Elizabeth was matched with Sal’s best buddy, Joe Cabral. By the end of the evening the couples had switched partners. Two months later Sal & Elizabeth (soon to be known as Betty) were married. Yes, as early as 1937, Mom was a Scorpio who knew what she wanted and managed to get it (him)!!
Long before the word “Selfie” was established, Mom knew how to take one! Here she is in front of the bathroom mirror, capturing a shot of her new hairdo. Quite striking still even well into her 80s, don’t you think? She had flawless skin… very few wrinkles! But she didn’t spend a lot of time out in the sun either – and she creamed her face with the best of products morning and night.
To demonstrate how Mom was a Scorpio who embraced “Life [as] a game of chess … constantly plotting several steps ahead in order to orchestrate an eventual checkmate,” let me tell you a story.
It was a hot California Valley summer. The temperature in the kitchen was a few degrees warmer than the triple digit figures outside. The house had no air conditioning. Betty (my mom) was in the kitchen, roasting to death as she roasted a prime rib for a special birthday dinner for her daughter (me) who was home from college to celebrate with her parents. Betty needed a cross breeze to cool off the kitchen. She had asked Sal (my dad) many times to replace the stationary window above the kitchen sink with one that would side open. He had not done so. Frustrated with his lack of follow through, she decided to force the issue. She took a hammer from the kitchen tools drawer, stood back half way across the room, and threw the hammer through the window. How she avoided getting shattered glass in the food or on her or me was a God thing! But, needless to say, she had a cross breeze – and soon after she got the window replacement she needed.
How my dad stayed married to this crazy Scorpio is beyond me! He had the patience of Job! He obviously loved her spunk and her “incredible passion.” He recognized that she was “extremely clairvoyant and intuitive” – and he gave her a lot of wriggle room! Mom was a poetry lover, a whiz at mathematics (she was Dad’s company’s bookkeeper), and she was a winner at Bridge (I never learned to play it).
She was stylish and impeccably dressed and groomed – until her last days. It was then that I knew she was not long for this world… when I picked her up at her Senior Care Nursing Home to take her one afternoon to a doctor’s appointment and noticed she had her blouse on inside-out. I called it to her attention and suggested we go back up to her room for her to fix it. Her response was, “Oh, who gives a shit?!”
Now, that was not my real mom! Dementia had stolen her from me! The scorpion lost her usual sting and Alzheimer’s replaced he “calculating water sign” with something else… something nefarious. Instead of “[using] emotional energy as fuel, cultivating powerful wisdom through both the physical and unseen realms,” she became careless and caustic. It was not a transition I was prepared for. Dementia can do that, you know.
Here is Mom with me and my sis, Sally (who also had dementia before she died last year), and my daughter DeDe… during the a celebration of my brother-in-law’s birthday. (That’s his picture posted behind us.)
Mom’s flowered, Hawaiian shirt speaks of happy times when life was full of the days when she knew how to “work hard and play the long game to get [what she wanted].”
What’s your Zodiac sign? Does its description fit who you are (most of the time? some of the time? not at all?) … Tell me about it!
I am a Leo. Born July 24th, parts of this description that fit … but I hope I have matured in my Christian life enough to let the Holy Spirit round out some of the self-centered tendencies and make me more compassionate than this would suggest: “Roll out the red carpet because Leo has arrived. Passionate, loyal, and infamously dramatic, Leo is represented by the lion and these spirited fire signs are the kings and queens of the celestial jungle. They’re delighted to embrace their royal status: Vivacious, theatrical, and fiery, Leos love to bask in the spotlight and celebrate… well, themselves.“
I was named Janet – after Janet Gaynor, the first female Academy Award winner. That’s where I get my ham! But, I am more than happy to share the spotlight… and celebrate YOU! Tell me about your sign!
Thanks for visiting.
See ya tomorrow (God willing)
Comments on: "Embrace Scorpios" (16)
Wow my Mum was a triple Scorpio born 1.11.1924 so this is lovely to read.
Ah hah! So you could relate! I’m so glad!!
Thank you for sharing the stories about Grama. I didn’t remember or know about the double date and the switch for G&G! That must of been a night!
Yes, Grama was a spit-fire!
Love ya and think of you ( and her) always!
Ah, Jodie, I have so many stories to tell! I’m so glad you logged in here and shared this one with me. Have a Terrific Tuesday, my dear. We send our love 💕
Hi Jan …. Just read your blog on “Embrace Scorpios”…..wow!! I loved it as I love all of your writings. But the one thing that struck me is the fact that you were named after Janet Gaynor……. My sis, Jan, was also named after her as well!!! I was named after Susan Hayward. Thanks again for sharing your lovely writing talent….you have a gift🥰🙏🏼
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What fun to know there are other movie star namesakes out there! Does your sis have a lot of ham in her, too? And you – yes you inherited Susan’s charm!!
What a great post!! Thank you for sharing your mom!!
Thank you, Charlotte, for visiting and taking time to comment. God bless you!
I fine tribute, Jan. I don’t know much about the Zodiac at all, except that I am a Cancerian and all I know about that is that I don’t like to let anything go, which seems to fit.
I don’t put a lot of stock in those Zodiac signs, but they are interesting when they trigger a match in one way or another.
I really enjoyed your blog and the backstory of your name and memories of your mom. I was born in December so I’m a Sagittarius. Here’s what I found on Google and you can let me know if you agree with the description. “A Sagittarius values independence and the ability to do what they want, when they want, above all else. They are adventurers, risk-takers, and have a sharp business and sports mentality. Sagittarius natives are known for their emotional intelligence, which helps them to connect with others.” Pretty accurate if you ask me!
I was named after a song. My parents had seen Nat King Cole perform and they really loved his version of Marie Elena. They were both sad that he had recently died and thought it was a nice way to honor his memory. Here’s a recording. https://youtu.be/iNUggiIIqXU
Because we lived in Southern California my dad insisted that I have Elaine as my first name, spelled “the American” way. My mom wanted it to be pronounced “Elaina” so she put an accent over the second E. It’s definitely caused a conversation around the pronunciation of my name for my entire life.
I agree with that explanation of your Zodiac sign. Thanks for sharing your name origin. I think it is so cool that your biological mom explained those details to you (at least I am assuming that’s how you learned those details). ♥️
No it was my mom and dad (Booth). I’m not sure if you know but my mom (Marge Booth) was in the hospital bed ready to receive me right when I was born. She was the first person I met and the first person to hold me (besides the doctor). My biological mother basically served as a surrogate. She did not want to have any bonds with me (at the time). As I understand, she had many regrets later in life. God bless her forever for the amazing gift and sacrifice. I was so lucky!
Blessed indeed! No, I didn’t realize you were adopted as a newborn. That’s similar to Faith’s story!
Your Mom was quite a lady, wife, and mother. She left a legacy for her children and grandchildren to emulate. By the way, I am an Aquarius.