Mom turns 80 years old this year. She bought a new dress for the occasion.
It was all she could do to relax and let others take care of the day’s preparation and execution. She’s a planner by nature and I think it almost drove her crazy not to be in the thick of the organization. The only stipulation was she didn’t want any Christmas decorations or colors. Having a “Christmas-time birthday” presents challenges every year. Just ask her birthday month twin, The Golfer. With that in mind, we chose turquoise (December’s birthstone color) and white, with silver accents here and there.
So, we began planning back in August….because available locations are snapped up quickly in December. The guest list totaled a modest 40 people. Very do-able. Most of them over the age of 70. And, of course, family.
It wasn’t an overly fancy soirée, but I believe everyone had a nice time. And it proved to be quite the wine-drinking crowd!
It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that she’s 80 years old. An avid golfer, she also plays bridge and is active in her church. She sews, knits and crochets….mainly for family. If I’m half as active at 80, I’ll be a happy girl.
It seemed only fitting we get a group shot of the entire clan to commemorate the day. I imagine this is one of the last times we’ll all be in the same town at the same time. Children are growing up and life will soon blow them all to parts unknown. But 80 is a big deal so efforts were made to make sure it happened.
Mom was born during the Great Depression. Money was scarce and her family lived frugally as most incomes were slashed by 40% in those days. The average life expectancy of a woman in the 1930s was only 61 years. For the longest time I couldn’t understand why she didn’t share my interest in antiques and collectibles. But then it dawned on me she didn’t share my fascination of these things as quaint and unique. They were everyday items she might prefer to forget rather than be reminded of a challenging childhood.
I’m not sure any of us can fully understand what life was like during the 1930s. I find it amazing that out of the era marked by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, our country rose above it all and made historic contributions such as the building of the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. Jazz and swing music skyrocketed and the Golden Age of Hollywood turned out stars such as Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis and Shirley Temple. The 1930s also gave us classics such as The Grapes of Wrath.
She’s 80 years young and going strong.