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On Peggy's first day at school, Peggy was embarrassed because Mom was the oldest mother there. But Mom new better--wisdom follows beauty. On Peggy’s first day at school, she wept because Mom was the oldest mother there. But Mom knew better—wisdom follows beauty.

Peggy, my younger sister, wept bitterly on her first day of school.

“Honey, don’t worry,” my mother reassured. “You’ll be home before you know it.”

My sister cried louder.

“You’ll love school. You’ll read and color.”

“But you’re so old!” Peggy squalled, tears of shame on her face.

Mom, her hair already turning fine silver by age 40, shut off the spigot: “Do you think these young mothers know how to make volcanoes that explode and really ooze lava? Do they know how to camp and cook outdoors? Do they know how to be room mothers?”

A lifelong Girl Scout, Mom was an intrepid woodswoman and leader. Mom was an intrepid woods-woman and Girl Scout leader.

This woman was wise in the ways of motherhood.

She could turn out two dozen fudgey-chocolate brownies and handily kill a copperhead snake…

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