This is my Aunt Elsie. She is the oldest in my dad's family of seven siblings. When I saw her in August, 2010, at the annual Cousin's Reunion in Port Orford, it took my breath away because she looks exactly like her mother, my grandmother, Alma. Aunt Elsie turned 90 in September and although we missed her birthday party, we were so happy to see her in August. When she and my Uncle Elmer pulled up in their RV, it was a happy sight!
Aunt Elsie is a great example of a hard-working, dedicated woman. She raised 3 children on a farm and still lives in the same house in a little junction on the way to the coast of Oregon. My sharpest memories are going to visit her at the little one-room library where she volunteered on a constant basis. My other grandma (on my mom's side), who died a couple of years ago, also volunteered at the library and the last time I saw them together, I snapped a photo of them in front of the library. These woman are what I call the brick-a-brack of my life. I have lots of brick-a-brack ... and plenty of time to write about them, I hope.
I received an email late last week that Aunt Elsie had a medical crisis and she is going in for surgery today. My cousin wrote that the doctor who is performing the surgery is young but has been doing this procedure for 10 years now and very proud that he has never lost a patient. I have a feeling today will be no different.
Ninety. I think about that and if I live to be 90, that's a lot of life between now and then. I can accomplish a lot of things if I set my mind to it. Since we moved to Washington, I feel like I've done more things in two years than I did the whole last 10 years. Life is not be wasted.
I love this photo of Aunt Elsie talking to my Aunt Glenva. She was, no doubt, recalling all the names & events surrounding these photos. She's as sharp as a tack and I think good, clean living, good food and reading lots of books has contributed to her longevity. I love it that they brought all these old photos to share with us.
We're thinking about you today, Aunt Elsie, and hoping the surgeon has his best day ever!
NOTE TO SELF: Remember to print photos to leave for the kids.