May 14, 2000
For Mother's Day

My mother included me in her art and creativity. She encouraged me. As well as being a musician, my mother was also a graphic artist and a book designer. She introduced me to woodcut printmaking and had my woodcuts published in the Carolina Quarterly before I was five years old. She taught me intaglio printmaking and assisted me in producing a series of prints inspired by our trip to Old Salem.  She bought me a Polaroid camera and took me to Blalock's Farm (which she herself immortalized in her art) to take photos. She taught me to sew, and I sold my cloth dolls at the CFS Crafts fair. She made all the tools of her office available to me: colored book jacket quality paper, her rapidograph pens, books full of typefaces, her tracing table, and the Xerox machine. I once wrote a play about Florida orange pickers, made multiple scripts at her office, and was supported to produce the play with my friends in our living room at home.  When I was uninterested in reading, Mom hooked me up with one of her friends who worked for a New York publisher. This friend introduced me to Newberry Award Winning Children's' Books and reading became my favorite hobby.

My mother looked into the future, and planned a rich future for herself and for me. She worked very hard to achieve her future plans. I remember the hours she spent painting, drawing, practicing mandolin, and playing recorders with me on the front porch in the afternoons and evenings. I remember when she started taking me swimming on Wednesdays at Duke, as she tried to build back the trophy-winning speed and agility she'd had in high school and college. I remember how she studied a book about frame-building and made many of her own picture-frames. Not only did she succeed in having a one-woman-show at the Duke Art Museum, which she dedicated to me, she also earned the honor of being hired by The Princeton University Press as a book designer. We were in a car wreck on our way to our new life in New Jersey, and she was killed.

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Besides Tommy's section of the site, the following pages are also related to Jesse and Tommy:
Blurred Time "The Sleeper": the aftermath of Jesse and Bobbie's car accident
Mike Craver's "Visiting Tommy"
Roots of the Red Clay Ramblers:
Fuzzy Mountain String Band: Jesse's mom, Bobbie, recorded with Rambler Bill Hicks and others
Hollow Rock String Band: Tommy and Bobbie Thompson named this band for their community

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