Fearless Females Blog Post: March 17 – Social Butterfly

March 17 — Social Butterfly? What social organizations or groups did your mother or grandmother belong to? Sewing circle, church group, fraternal benefit society or lodge? Describe her role in the group.

My mother Betty Mae Peters Porter had always been a social person.  She was a socialite in New York and I believe throughout her life in Los Angeles and San Diego.  Betty was active in many organizations.  She was an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, San Diego Chapter for many years.  She served in leadership positions as a member.

Betty Porter in Blue Dress

Betty Porter and Dr. McFarlin

AKA-San Diego Chapter

Wordless Wednesday: Betty Porter, Bike Ride

I love this photo of my mother Betty Porter on her bike.  She was 33 at the time and living in Los Angeles, CA.  In 1960, my parents lived in the hills of Montecito Dr.  I just recently visited the neighborhood, and discovered that the home they had lived in and my first childhood home had been demolished along with quite a few others.   This photo was taken May 1960.  I wonder if my father took the photo, and possibly knew how to ride a bike too.

I remember my mother saying once you learn to ride a bike, you always know how to ride it.  The thing is, I never saw my mother ride before, but she always encouraged my brother and I too.

Santa Clause, Advent Calendar December 6, 2011, Christmas Memories

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories is an annual event where geneabloggers are given specific prompts to post as it relates to Christmas memories.  Here is one of my posts from 2011.  If you are interested in doing your own journal for Advent Calendar go here. 

The Prompt for this day was: Do you Still believe in Santa Clause?

 I don’t think I ever stopped believing in Santa Clause…Call me crazy, but once I figured out that Santa was just a character, I also knew that it was the spirit of giving, that personified  “Santa.”



     Growing up, my brother and I would set out cookies for Santa to eat, and even when we knew Santa was our parents, we still left him some on a plate with some milk.


     I would hope that I would hear the reindeer up on the housetop, and maybe catch Santa delivering packages, but it just never happened.


     My mother would always put a tag on our presents and write “From Santa.”  She would wait until we were fast asleep (which really never happened), and then would place all our presents, at least eleven each under the tree. My favorite part of Christmas was to be chosen to be “Santa.”  Whoever was appointed Santa, would hand out the presents and everyone would watch and see what was given.

     The photo’s below are of my parents Walter and Betty Porter with Santa Clause.  These are one of my favorite photos of them.  They were both in their 70’s and were probably at a fundraiser Christmas party.

My Dad
Walter J. Porter w/Santa
My Mom w/Santa
Betty Mae Porter

Talented Tuesday: Lyrics & Music

When I reflect on my parent’s lives, I think, “Wow! They really knew how to live.”  There was never a dull moment, and if there was, it was because we were asleep, and even then, there was noise, as my father snored so loud you would think a train was running through the house!

I remember my parents always coming up with a tune, a beat, some words, and making their own music.  There was always something being created at home.  Our home was always lively, yes, and there were only four of us that lived in the home.

Below are some songs my parents created.

THE WONDERER
LYRICS & MUSIC
BY
WALTER J. PORTER & BETTY M. PORTER
I WONDER WHY MY BABY LEFT POOR ME/repeat 4 times
I WONDER WHERE COULD MY BABY BE/ repeat 3 times
I WONDER WHY MY BABY LEFT POOR ME
I WONDER WHO IS HOLDING HER TIGHT/repeat 4 times
I WONDER WHY MY BABY LEFT POOR ME
BRIDGE
WHO WHERE WHY, WHY, WHERE WHO
FEELING SO LONESOME FEELING SO BLUE
ONLY HER LOVE CAN EASE THIS PAIN
ANOTHER NIGHT WITHOUT HER WILL DRIVE ME INSANE
I WONDER WHEN IS SHE COMING BACK/repeat 3 times
I WONDER WHO, WHERE, WHY, WHERE CAN MY BABY BE
COPYRIGHT 1990
LADY BLUES/MR. BLUES
LYRICS AND MUSIC
BY
WALTER J. PORTER & BETTY MAE PORTER
LADY BLUES/MR. BLUES MAY BE INTERCHANGED IN THE SONG/MALE OR FEMALE VOCALIST
 
LADY BLUES IS MY CONSTANT COMPANION
WALKS WITH ME EVERY NIGHT AND DAY
LADY BLUES IS MY CONSTANT COMPANION
ASKED ME WHY DID YOU GO AWAY
LADY BLUES IS MY CONSTANT COMPANION
ASKED ME WHY DID OUR LOVE GO WRONG
LADY BLUES IS MY CONSTANT COMPANION
ASKED ME WHY DO I SING THIS SONG
BRIDGE
I TOLD HER I WILL NEVER KNOW THE REAL REASON WHY
THAT YOU ENJOY INFLICTING ALL OF THIS PAIN ON SUCH AS ME
I TOLD HER THAT I WILL NEVER KNOW THE REASON WHY
EXCEPT THAT MAYBE SOME LUCKY HAS CAUGHT YOUR EYE
LADY BLUES I KNOW SOMEDAY WILL LEAVE ME
SOON I HOPE SHE WILL SET ME FREE
CAUSE MY HEART WON’T KNOW PEACE OR CONTENTMENT
TIL SHE BRINGS HER LOVE BACK TO ME
COPYRIGHT 1990
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© 2010-2011

Wordless Wednesday: Betty Porter-Teacher Christmas Greeting

I just came across this picture in a box I was going through and thought, “How Cute.”  Just wanted to share this photo of my mom as a school teacher.  My mom’s 3rd year as a teacher and 1st School.

Betty Porter, December 1963 (37 years old)
Rosewood Elementary School, Los Angeles
Copyright
The material, both written and photographic on these pages is the copyright of Yvette Porter Moore unless stated. Material on this site may be used for personal reference only. If you wish to use any of the material on this site for other means, please seek the written permission of Yvette Porter Moore
© 2010-2011