Today would have been my mother’s 70th birthday. Since I can’t post a picture of her right now, I thought I’d post a picture of my kids with a picture of her from when she was around my daughter’s age. My grandparents had this portrait and another one made of my mother and my aunt. They used to hang in my grandparents’ dining room. The story that I was told was that one sister had her picture taken in her formal dress, wearing the strand of pearls. Then she’d take off the pearls and give them to the other sister to wear for her portrait.
There have been times when we’ve celebrated her birthday with a quiet family dinner. There have also been a few parties. When I was little, my grandparents had a phonograph and they had actually recorded records of her birthday parties. The one I remember listening to was from when she turned 8 and I think that my grandma had invited everyone from her class to the party. There was a time when she was in her 40’s where we invited people to come over right after church one night to have some cake and visit. My mom had no idea that anyone was coming, so after we came home from church, my mom was standing on the sidewalk talking to our landlord, when guests started showing up. She came into the house with a big smile and said, “There are PEOPLE coming!”
The last birthday we celebrated with her was when she turned 52. My husband and I had been married for just over a month, and hosted a birthday spaghetti dinner in our tiny, split-level duplex (it was a cute little place). We decorated with streamers and balloons, and we had one surprise. We had also invited one of her best friends, Sammie, to join us. By her reaction, I think that it was a good surprise 🙂
Happy Birthday Mom!
Elizabeth & Kevin, and your grandchildren, Heather & Kylin