Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mom Turning Ninety

Our family celebrated my mom's 90th birthday at our favorite place to each Mexican Food, Joe T Garcias in Fort Worth. It's an annual tradition to honor her while eating the best creamy beans in the world. We can't believe she is really ninety because she looks so well and is still living life vibrantly. She has a boyfriend she knew in high school who gives her something to look forward to.

My mom is an amazing woman who survived the Dust Bowl days in Oklahoma. She remembers when her mom covered her face with a wet clothe so she could breath at night. She advanced two grade levels because she was gifted. After going to Business College she became a stenographer and typed 90 words per minute on the manual Underwood Typewriter, one of the fastest scores in her class. She was in charge of a group of women in WWII who kept the files on top secret information from the war. She danced to swing music at the USO club while the men were waiting to get their orders for their assignment in the war. One time a soldier left his banjo but she never heard what happened to him. She passed down the instrument to my son.

Working crossword puzzles everyday has kept her mind sharp. I want to remember all the stories she tells from the past as a link to the present. We can learn wisdom from those who have experienced so much.

We are so grateful she is so healthy at ninety years old.

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