Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Real Deal

When she arrived in this world in 1916, a postage stamp cost 2 cents, unemployment was 5.1%, and Woodrow Wilson was President of these United States. Coke had introduced its new drink formula to the public and a man named Albert Einstein had completed his mathematical formula of general relativity.   She was born to a homemaker mother and a blacksmith father.  A blacksmith who had his shop a modern day ten minute drive from my farm.  She bears the middle name of Bird and has dipped powdered snuff since she was a child.  


She had eight children at home, three of which died in infancy.  She lived in a home without regular plumbing until the late 1970's.  Yes, I can remember visits to the outhouse when I stayed with her as a kid.  She raised her food, canned and/or froze all of it.  She lived on little and wasted nothing.  She has fed myself and our entire extended family many, many a time.  I have never known her to complain. 

This weekend our family met to celebrate her 96th birthday.  Though she has trouble getting around physically, her mind is just as sharp as it ever was....and then some.  

She is The Real Deal, if there ever was such a thing.

42 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to her! No doubt she has some stories to share!

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  2. Bless her heart, Michelle. They don't make Grand Dames like this anymore.

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  3. Many Many happy returns of the day to Her!! Yeah, she is the real deal for sure!!
    Hope you are having a great week Michelle:)

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  4. Great post! We had somebody like her in our family, but she was much older and I barely remember her...

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  5. You are so bless to have her and we are blessed that you have shared her....Happy Birthday to the Real Deal!!!!!

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  6. Happy Birthday.....(mine is today) hope we share the date!

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  7. Awe! Happy Birthday to her! She's beautiful.

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  8. She sounds as feisty as my 91 yr old grandma...who still walks 3 miles a day. She makes me tired thinking about it, haha. Happy Birthday to yours!!!

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  9. wow. what a great, hard-working woman. happy birthday to her!

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  10. I LOVE hearing this kind of stuff! What an awesome woman and happy birthday to her!

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  11. Did they call her Birdie? God Bless her soul, Happy Birthday Dear and may you celebrate many more birthdays and many more stories!!

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  12. What a wonderful post! You are so blessed to have her in your life. We could learn so much from her generation if we would listen. Hugs to her from me.

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  13. Happy birthday to her! One of the secrets of a long life...keeping busy.

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  14. What a role model. May time and life please continue to treat her kind.

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  15. Yes ma'am! She reminds me of my grandmother on my dad's side.

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  16. Happy Birthday to her!! I bet she has so many amazing stories to tell!

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  17. What a lovely tribute to someone that I know is a family treasure--Everyone should be so lucky to have someone like her as part of their family!

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  18. Happy Birthday to a special lady!

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  19. The history she must have experienced. The stories she could tell. Happy Birthday!!!!

    Velva

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  20. How very wonderful! Happy Birthday to her!

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  21. uhh... I have nothing left to complain about in this life... a tip of the hat and my sincere regards...

    Dann in Ohio

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  22. Happy Birthday to a wonderful example of a woman thank you for sharing

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  23. oh wow, what a beautiful woman, inside and out! happy birthday to her! i would love to sit and listen to all of her stories!!

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  24. What a lovely tribute. Happy Birthday to your friend.

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  25. Happy Birthday to her! How blessed you are to have her still in your life- all of my grands are gone and I miss them so much!

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  26. how fortunate you are to have a "real deal" in your family! Congratulations to her for her 96 years and to those who have gotten to share them with her!

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  27. How fortunate your family is to have such a "real deal" still going strong. I imagine her birthday was absolutely wonderful for her. A warm post -- barbara

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  28. Hope all her birthday wishes come true!

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  29. Wow! Imagine everything she's seen in 96 years. I love that she raised all her own food, lived on little and wasted nothing. That is amazing! Truly the Real Deal.

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  30. How fortunate you are to still have her with you!! Enjoy every minute of it.

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  31. What a great tribute...that brought tears to my eyes!! Happy Birthday!!!

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  32. She sounds just like my Aunt Nettie. So glad you were able to celebrate with her.

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  33. Happy Birthday Wishes! Sounds a lot like my mom (born in 1911, died 1987)...lovely!

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  34. Love to hear stories like this. 96 and still sharp -- that's awesome. Hope she had a terrific day surrounded by loved ones.

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  35. These words describe my Grandmother and the way things were to a tee! She passed away in 2008 at the age of 96...she was the most wonderful woman I have ever known.

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  36. Wow! What an amazing woman! You are so fortunate to have her in your life! You must feel blessed. I hope you have an interview of her on DVD to show the generation who may not remember this extraordinary woman!

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  37. Oh that is awesome Happy Birthday to her.
    Wow can you imagine the blog she could write. I am sure everyone of us would be waiting for every post.You are very lucky to know a person that truly knows her history. B

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  38. Happy birthday to your wonderful grandmother. What a tresure she is still here for you to love and admire.

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  39. Amen and could probably still out cook and out work most until maybe ten years ago. We may not realize until too late what our "labor saving devices" have really cost us. I wish had a smidge of her stamina.

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