Going to visit my Mama Bear. The Matriarch of our clan. For her 97th birthday this coming week. On the Fourth of July.
She's lived through WWI, WWII, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War, the Bay of Pigs Fiasco, and the Cuban Missile Crisis - just to name a few. She's experienced rationing. She got her driver's license in the 60s - somewhere in her 40s. She's experienced turbulent changes. She's seen segregation and desegregation. Watched riots on the TV. She watched the world change around her while she was busy changing diapers, making lunches, working, tending her garden, painting, doing the things most women of her generation did.
She saw the transition from horse drawn conveyances to cars. She witnessed the birth of the TV. Saw men go into space and walk on the moon. In short, she's gone from the "stone" age to the computer age - in 97 short years.
I will rejoice with her on her birthday and celebrate the 4th with her and my sibling cub as only small town America can.
I will give thanks for my mom.
Thank you, Mom, for everything you did to make me the woman I am today.
I love you.
Happy Birthday, Firecracker!