But back to birthdays ....Nana was born on this day in 1883, in Norway. At a young age ... 8 or 9 or 10 (we’re not exactly sure when), she came to America with a foster mother and adapted to this country. Nana traveled on nearly every mode of transportation there was: potato wagon, ship, train, covered wagon, horse-back, buggy, car, plane, jet, motorcycle, boat. Not a space ship, though, although she did watch the landing on the moon! Nana was of the generation who went from the beginning of automobiles to space travel! She died at the age of 101; she was moved to a nursing home just a few months before she died. Until then she lived in a senior citizen’s home for the last 11 years of her life.
A piece of table cloth that Nana brought from Norway back in the 1890s
Nana's 80th birthday
Norm’s niece, Glenda, was born on Nana’s birthday, but I won’t say what year. Until she reaches her 80s or 90s, she might not be willing to say how old she is! Norm’s brother and wife live (still) on a ranch in western South Dakota about an hour from the closest hospital and Glenda was their first child. Knowing Mavis was due in March, the (then) snowiest month of the year, many friends and relatives wanted her to move into town that month for safety sake. Mavis wasn’t worried - she told everyone that Darrell had delivered calves all his life so if they got stuck, he could deliver their child! (Horrified everyone who took her seriously!) She was born back in the days when only the husband and parents could visit the mother and child. But I snuck up and had planned on saying I was a sister (close enough) to see Glenda in the nursery and found Mavis and Darrell walking in the hall; we were able to visit briefly before I went out, undiscovered!
Glenda and brother Wade
Brook and Nana on Nana's 95th birthday
Brook, Joy and Jill
My niece was also born on Nana’s birthday, in between Joy and Jill; they have been a trio ever since we came back from Australia. Sister Candy had decided that the baby WOULD be a girl and WOULD be born on Nana’s birthday. She was named after Nana - Cotelena Brook - Cotelena is an off-shoot of Caroline which was Nana’s name, although most people called her Lena.
Nana had 9 surviving children and many, many grand children and many great-grand children. She always said that she couldn’t afford to have favorites, but Brook was definitely her favorite! And no-one blamed her. After all, having someone born on your birthday makes that someone pretty special!
So, happy birthday to three special people. I love all of you!