It’s the birthday girl! Grama Red is 101…..Wow can you believe that? We had a little party for her at the park over the weekend. Restaurants are still closed here so we all gathered where we could. It was a hot day 93 so no ice cream but we did manage to eat a little cake, cookies, and cupcakes.
She’s one amazing lady, she still has her mind even though her body is slowing down. Not even a hit of dementia or memory loss. Her mind is better than mine most days, lol.
She’s done so many things over her lifetime…can you imagine living over 100 years and all the changes she’s seen. She had a lot of hard times when she was young but is one feisty red head that always make due no matter what the situation.
This year for her birthday we all chipped in and got her a monthly subscription to a booze box. She loves bloody Marys so that’s what we picked. Every month a big box of high end mix and all the fixin’s shows up at her door to make her favorite drink. So far she’s had a drink every night before bed since she’s opened the gift.
When I go visit Grama I try and remember my journal, she sometimes get’s to reminiscing so I jot down information as she chats. Her first job as a housekeeper was for a man and woman who had a 2 year old. Her job was to cook and clean the house and she was paid 25 cents per week and also got room and board.
It’s hard to believe wages could have ever been that low. After that she met the man she married had 3 boys and two girls. While her husband went off to join the Navy she got a job at Kellogg’s the cereal factory in Battle Creek MI where she worked from 6pm till Midnight. She even remembered the exact day, 7/7/1947, she started and made 33 cents per hour.
Back in the day Kelloggs published their own magazine and Grama Red was their first cover! She’s famous….
I have so many stories jotted down and I know someday I’ll be glad I took the time to listen and journal her life.
If you’d like to leave Red a birthday wish in the comments I’ll make sure and read them all to her. I know she enjoys hearing you’re messages to her.