Monday, August 25, 2008

All She Wanted for Her 97th Birthday...

...was for just a sliver of time to pretend she lived in her days, what we call the old days. She wanted everyone to dress up in their prairie clothes and to ride in a covered wagon. I'm sure the sweet, tiny thing didn't dream it would really happen. But in celebration of our Granny who turned 97 on August 21st, it did happen. At this point, we are just all out front hanging out in our prairie clothes. Just hangin', her not knowin' what's comin' round the bend.Here, she has just seen the horse and wagon. The first ride.Dresses and bonnets.My child, the one who always has to be different, is the only cowgirl; she's here with Ana, the beautiful prairie child. It was impossible to get a good group picture of Granny with all her Great-Grands. This one is the best one I could manage!
Luke was enjoying time with boys. Something he doesn't get too often. With them, pushing is actually cool, not a cardinal sin.
We made her pose for pictures. Is she not the cutest thing? And, seriously, does she not have the most amazing 97 year old smile you've EVER seen? EVER? Maggie loved it too. It was so cute to see 97 and 1 riding together in the front seat.
We gots lots of neighbors coming out and taking pictures. Some folks taking pics with their cell phones from their cars. It's just not everyday you see a covered wagon on the city streets. Success! She loved it.Her sense of humor is better than mine. As someone carefully helped her off the wagon at the end of the night, she looked at me and complained, "They treat me like I'm 97 years old!!" Happy Birthday, my Granny. I love you.

For more on Granny's life in the old days, click here.

8 Wonderful Responses:

Nadra said...

She DOES have an amazing smile. She's precious. Honestly....I can't believe she's 97.

Michelle said...

Wow! That is so neat. I can't imagine living 97 years. She must have some amazing stories. I think that is so neat that your family did that for her. She must be really loved.

Dawn said...

I found you blog via my friend Michelle's blog.

I'm just sitting here in tears. What a very special birthday. What memories you all will cherish of that day.

Amanda said...

speechless! That is really neat!

Tracey said...

Oh Annie! That made me cry!! Gran I is a very amazing woman and I feel so blessed to have her in my life!!!

And yes, her smile is so very beautiful, comforting and refreshing!!!

Amber said...

What a wonderful day that must have been for her!!! Ive been thinking about what life must have been like for my grandmother, who will be 72 this year. We've been talking alot about it, and studying quilts and pictures that her own mother made. She says life today is like nothing they could have imagined as a kids!(I found your blog as I was searching for blogs by other Okies)

ASHLEY said...

oh! that is just such a huge blessing in numerous ways! what a gift to have your grandmother all these years and for HER to have all of you! that is love in pictures! i'm sure our Lord is smiling looking down on His children whether they be 1 or 97. just darling...thanks so much for sharing this blessed event.

blessings!

Heather Keith said...

This is one birthday celebration of Granny's that I will not forget!