Rain, Rain, Go Away!

In July, the great flood of 1951 spread over the valleys of the Neosho, the Marias des Cygnes, the Kaw and the Missouri rivers. Nothing was sacred to the boiling waters, leaving only silt and wreckage in its wake. It filled the people with despair and discontent. In Clyde, it left not only these emotions, but also a desperate need for help. He found it in a whiskey bottle…

Excerpt from Signs Along The Way

We had only four days without rain in the entire month of May, and people are getting a little testy. Critters too – the dogs actually want  to go out in the pen, and the chickens are literally cooped-up! I can pop a D vitamin to make me feel a little sunnier, but that doesn’t change the depressing atmosphere. But we hear that relief is right around the corner, so we will keep on keeping on…

Grandma Layton suffered from bouts of depression for much of her life – deep despair that could not be brightened by a sunny day or a vitamin dose. Thirteen electroshock treatments didn’t work, neither did drug therapy or a divorce from her alcoholic husband.

Signs Along the Way, a biography/memoir about Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton, tells of her journey from discontent to joy. Maybe it will encourage others as well. Carla

P.S. The sun just came out!

Signs Along the Way



3 thoughts on “Rain, Rain, Go Away!

  1. “Hey Carla, we need the moisture!” That’s what I always said to Carla when we all suffered through the Great Drought of 1988-89. We couldn’t buy a raindrop. I guess that how normal happens: abnormal years average out to normal. I almost like the incessant rain better, I hated watching the slow death of a landscape from the drought. Only the strong survive, that is for sure.

  2. Carla, Elizabeth Layton and I shared a bit of artwork in the 1980s. I was trying to learn stained glass construction and I shipped her a small window. In return, she sent me some early sketches, and letters. Is anyone keeping/preserving her original artwork? I’d be glad to give these to someone.
    Brad Dixon

    1. Hi Brad, my sisters and I have most of Grandma’s sketches, papers and stories – Don Lambert takes care of the big drawings. We would be happy to take care of any of Grandma’s things you don’t want to keep. What year were those sketches exchanged? I’ll see if I can find out where your stained glass window ended up – we have lots of boxes of Grandma’s keepsakes – that would be exciting to find! Thank you for the comment, and let me know where we go from here. Carla

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