|This picture is about 7 years old. My grandma was 93 or so here.|
This is the time of year I am on the road for about 3 months. I visit campuses across the United States and talk about teaching in Alaska. I love it, I love the travel, and it takes me places I might not otherwise get to, and it takes me to family.
I spent last week in Montana. My mom lives there so I stay with her. My grandmother lives there too, and this year we had her 100th birthday party while I was there.
It was a happy occasion, living to 100 is amazing. Think of the changes she has seen in the last 100 years! Cell phones, microwaves, t.v.s, cars; none of those things existed when she was growing up, and some not when she was raising her own children. I am in awe of the changes she witnessed.
It was a tender and difficult occasion also. She does not remember any of us. When you go to say hello she asks, "Who are you?" When I went up to her I said, "I'm Toni Lynn." (I was named after my grandfather so he was Tony and I was always Toni Lynn).
"My granddaughter's name is Toni Lynn." she responded.
"Yes, I'm Toni Lynn, your granddaughter." I said.
She looked at me closely and then said, "Who are you?"
So it was hard to see the strong, independent woman I remember as my grandmother completely changed.
My uncle put it this way. "She has good genes, and I hope I got them, just not all of them."
Happy birthday, Grandma.
1 year ago: Hip Shot and Peach Comfort
2 years ago: Ham and Cheese Pastries
3 years ago: A Bear in the Night and Pear and Walnut Muffins
4 years ago: Roasted Turkey and the Full Freezer
September 26, 2016 Sunrise 7:48 am Sunset 7:35 pm Temp. H 44/ L 30°F