My grandmother is 100 today, a bona fide centenarian. Wow! That’s her below, little Ruth Violet Hiatt, second from the right, pictured with her brothers and sister in about 1926 / 27. Her notes in the photo album say that the picture was taken during a “special trip to town” to get a picture of the family. The clothes were all handmade by Grandma’s mother.
Rather then try to describe the woman who married Thomas Carlyle Holt and became our Grandma Ruth – how does one describe 100 years of a life??? – I’m hoping you’ll click on this previous post, which includes a poem I wrote for her on a previous milestone birthday. She’s viewed there from my lens, that of a grandchild now grown.
Here’s Grandma celebrating her 95th birthday.
The photo below is from just a couple of weeks ago, when I visited and brought her one of her own old photo albums. The stories she tells are marvelous. Her memories of the past are in sharp focus, illuminating our family’s history in a unique way. It is a blessing for me to hear Grandma’s stories, and I think she enjoys telling them.
And this photo is one of my favorites of both my Grandmother and my Mom, from 1941. I never saw it until I was given the treasure trove of family photo albums.
Happy 100th Birthday, Grandma. I’m just one of many of your loved ones wishing you a special day, and if they celebrate earthly birthdays in heaven, I know quite a few others who are sending birthday wishes, too.
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10 thoughts on “The 100 Club has a New Member: Happy Birthday, Grandma!”
Happy birthday to your gram! Thats an incredible achievement!
Pam, thank you so much! I will tell her. She’s happy to hear about these comments.
Be sure to tell her she is beautiful too 🙂
Happy birthday to your grandmother! She definitely does not look her age. My mum is chasing along behind – she was 94 this year.
Gosh, Anabel, thank you for your sweet response! I will be sure and tell her. And virtual hugs to your Mum. Are you able to see her right now? I’m fortunate because I’m one of two people who can visit my grandmother. It is a real treat to hear her stories.
Yes I am. Mum still lives in her own home, but is both part of our extended household and in need of assistance, so visiting is allowed on both counts.
Beautiful! A very Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns of the Day! 🌹
Oh, this is great! A huge happy birthday to grandma!
And hopefully she’ll share her secret one day via you how she did it. Becoming a centenarian I mean. Recently read “Ikigai” and I assume she has an Ikigai – Japanese concept meaning “reason for being” – that made her thrive and stay beautiful and sharp. You mentioned she’s still sharp when telling stories, the other is my assessment.