Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ninety Five

I went to bible study tonight and walked out feeling inspired. Inspired to write, inspired to love, inspired to be kind, and inspired to think. It feels good.

I had a cup of coffee tonight. I don't drink coffee, but there is something about that darn french vanilla creamer that makes me want to drink endless cups. Well that coffee has me wide awake at 9:28PM, so I figured I would put that energy to good use and write. My husband is laying in bed, and here I am sitting in our living room, with the dog beside me, a glass of ice water an arms length away and a new harvest candle lit in the background. My environment is good and I feel good. 

I met a woman in the Fall of 2009 that has touched my life. She stands just over 5 feet tall and walks with a slight hunch in her back. She talks with a northern Minnesota accent and has soft wavy gray hair. She wears glasses and two small hearing aids. She is stubborn as ever, yet gentle as can be. She is frail to the touch, but sweet to the core. I'd like you to meet my husband's grandmother - Lena.

Minnesota - September 2012

This dear woman just turned 95 years old. Let me repeat that - ninety five years old

There is something so beautiful about this generation. Something fascinating about the stories they have to tell. Something unique about the years they've experienced. Think about it - they've lived through the Great Depression, they've lived through the second World War, they've lived to see their own children grow up in the era of "sex drugs and rockin roll", they've lived to watch their grand-children grow up in a decade where fashion was influenced by Madonna, and they've lived to watch their great-grandchildren grow up in the 21st century where technology rules the world. The saying stands true, with age and experience comes wisdom.

When I first met her, she couldn't wait for us to get married. Her grandson took his time proposing and we took our time planning the wedding. When the time finally came, she was heartbroken - she wasn't strong enough to make the trip to Colorado. Following the wedding, we decided to make the trip to Minnesota to share our wedding film and photos with her. We wanted to make her feel like she was part our special day. What better time to make the trip, than for her 95th birthday.

We went shopping by morning and partied by night. I joined Carol and Lena for a trip to Hershbergers [her favorite department store]. We wandered through the various sections, laughing at new styles, holding items up in front of the mirror and loading our arms with hangers full of clothes. Shopping is a favorite pastime of theirs and it was so nice sharing the moment with them. 

Carol and Lena at Hershbergers

That evening, Lena's family and friends gathered to celebrate at a local restaurant. Her son joked that we got her a cake with 95 candles and she was concerned the local fire station needed to be waiting out front. In reality, we made the decision that everyone could chose their own dessert after dinner - the birthday girl ordered a slice of apple pie. It was delivered to the table with one glowing candle and as soon as it was set in front of her - Lena blew it out. We chuckled and said, "Wait, we didn't even get to sing Happy Birthday!" So we kindly asked our waitress to light it again. Before we could say another word, the second candle was already blown out. Between the laughter in the room and her struggle to hear, she never heard us say that we wanted to sing. For the third time, we asked the waitress to re-light the candle. Carol kindly touched her mother's arm and asked her to hold her excitement as we finally began to sing Happy Birthday. Just a few words into the song, Lena finally realized why we kept relighting the candle, and began to sing along. She paused afterwards to ask permission and blew her candle out for the third time that night.

Lena on her 95th Birthday [September 15th 2012]
Family and Friends

Walking out of her apartment complex that Sunday morning and instinctively turning back to see her wave goodbye through the sliding glass door, I realized how fortunate Scott and I have been to share milestones with our grandparentsNot everyone has been lucky enough to have their grandparents as long as we have and we should always be reminded to never take them for granted. I passed my husband a tissue to dry his damp cheeks and said softly, "We will be back, she promised us she would be around for awhile.

Happy 95th Birthday, Grandma Lena! We are so happy we could be there to share it with you. You are an extraordinary woman and have a grandson who thinks the world of you. We treasure the moments we've shared with you and look forward to many more.We love you.

Sharing stories with her only grandson
I Adore Lena's Teacup Collection 

To see a glimpse of the weekend we shared with Lena, I welcome you to watch this small video her grandson created:

95th Bash - Take 2
from Scott Bores on Vimeo.

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