85 Years

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Liam and his great-grandma, Kathleen - 85 years young!

Liam and his great-grandma, Kathleen – 85 years young!

Since 1928 so many things have happened in the world – men landing on the moon, supersonic flight, computers, color television, cars with computers, digital cameras, microwave ovens – just to name a few of the most recent technological changes.  There have also been lots of cultural changes – the Great Depression, women working outside the home, civil rights movement, single-parent households, gay marriage.  Now add the number of wars — WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq.  Then there are the personal changes – death, marriage, births.

Writing down all of these things doesn’t seem to do justice to the fact that my mother-in-law celebrated her 85th birthday today – and she has seen so much of life and lived through so many changes.  We listen to her stories of her life and of all those people who were important to her – her parents, her sisters, her husband, her sons, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.  She mentions dear friends – both humans and dogs.  She also talks about the places she has lived and countries she has visited.

Lizzie and her great-grandma, Kathleen - 85 years young!

Lizzie and her great-grandma, Kathleen – 85 years young!

I hope that my children and grandchildren understand what a treat it is to have her in their lives to share these memories – so they can pass on not just the stories of her adventures on to their own children — but also the love that is woven into the memories.

85 years is a very long time – but not nearly long enough for any of us to have her in our lives.

 

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2 responses »

  1. Just lost my mother, aged 87, in October, 2013. There has been a whirlwind effect take place in the past millenium. Time flies by and then you are old, then all you have left are the memories. It is so lovely that you appreciate her.

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