This ‘n That

Jane Wyatt of Father Knows Best (with Robert Young) died recently at the age of 96. It was a corny show, but I loved Jane Wyatt, even though no mother I know ever dressed like that to clean house.

Actually, I loved her just as much as Spock’s “human” mother on Star Trek. His father was a Vulcan. She was very graceful in that role.

A little known fact about Jane: She was briefly blacklisted in 1947 because of her trip to Washington to protest the House un-American Activities Committee.

She won three Emmys for her role as the mother in Father Knows Best, which ran for six years in the 1950s. Was it that long ago?

The information on Jane Wyatt, perfect TV housewife, brings to mind one of my favorite poems, which is actually an epitaph found on an 1860 gravestone and printed in Helen Nearing’s Wise Words on the Good Life: An anthology of Quotations, Schocken Books: New York. 1980.

Here lies an old woman who always was tired,
For she lived in a place where help wasn’t hired.
Her last words on earth were, Dear Friends, I am going
Where washing ain’t done, nor sweeping, nor sewing,

And everything there is exact to my wishes,
For there they don’t eat; there’s no washing of dishes.
Don’t mourn for me now, don’t mourn for me never,
For I’m going to do nothing for ever and ever.

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