Meet my mother. She turned 80 years old in September 2007 and my siblings and I put on a birthday party for her. We invited all of her friends and neighbors. Lots of people showed up and she enjoyed visiting with everyone.
Let me tell you a bit about Mom. She was born and raised on a farm. Yes, born. She was born at home, not in a hospital. She is the eldest of six children and while she was still very young, she helped take care of those children and also worked in the barn and fields.
In 1945, she married my Dad who had just been released from the Army. They eventually had three children of which I am the middle child. She stayed at home and brought us kids up while Dad worked until he was hurt in a work accident. Because he would never work again, my mother went to work at Woolco. She was now the breadwinner and she did a great job of it too.
We are very blessed to still have Mom with us. She has had lots of birthdays but her 80th was the most special. She has 3 kids, 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She will soon have another, as my niece is scheduled for a C-section on August 1st. Mom helps each member of her family celebrate their birthday each year, either by sending a card or by enjoying a meal with them. I can't begin to count the number of birthdays my mother has taken part in. When I stop and think about it, that's awesome.
Next week the host for Fun Monday will be Irish Coffee House. Have a great week. ~Blessings, Mary~