Monday, February 22, 2010

The Big "9-0"

This weekend, we traveled down to the low country in SC to celebrate my darling aunt's 90th birthday. Here she is, Aunt Helen, me, and Mama. Mercy, there were a ton of people there. It was a drop-in on Saturday afternoon. Some people I knew, but most, I had no idea! Aunt Helen was enjoying the moment! (And, FYI, I have not done a thing to these pictures! Forgive the brightness!) Her son had put invitations in both the Baptist and Methodist Church bulletins, so we didn't have a clue as to how many would show up!! By the time we left, over 100 good folks had dropped in!

And this precious lady is Maude. Maude is Aunt Helen's dear, dear friend ( I don't think I should use the term BFF here! I might offend one of her other dear friends!) Maude, y'all, is 96 years old!! She is STILL driving!! And, she is as sharp as a tack! They were darling! Can you just imagine them running errands together? Going to church and sitting together? Precious!

This group of wild children belong to Mama and Aunt Helen. All of them are grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Growing up and visiting my aunt and uncle was so much fun. They had a humongeous backyard that we played in. My uncle had these streams of crayfish--which I did not eat-nasty! But you could fish in his backyard. Pretty cool for a city slicker like myself! And, I am SO not a city slicker!! I grew up in a darlin' little town which still has no stoplights.

Now, we were trying to get all of these cousins to play almost worked but not quite. The picture turned out good anyway! Mama and Aunt Helen will love it! Putting teenagers together that don't know each other is just"weird" in their terms. I think about how I love to meet new people! Guess it's my age--old!

I didn't take a picture of the food, but it was out of this world! The barbecue was the BEST I have ever eaten! It was a sweet BBQ-not mustard based, vinegar based or tomato based! Just perfect! I was so busy running around taking pictures and meeting people that I didn't have time to make a plate. When we got ready to leave, child #1 made his mama a plate to go. Y'all, the only thing wrong with that was I couldn't go back for seconds!! Mercy! Delish!! All of the Food Network people would have had a hissy fit over it. Sorry...but I "heart" me some good BBQ!

The moral of this story...spend time with those you love! Make an effort to travel when needed. Take lots of pictures! And share stories of growing up with your youngsters. They might actually remember them!!

Sweet Blessings!


AnooCre8ion said...

What a sweet story Susan. Thanks for sharing those wonderful pics as well. To have all that wisdom in the same room. Wow!!


Andrea said...


Blessings, andrea

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

AMEN...on your entire post!!!!! Love the always. They are a gift that keep on giving.

Sharon Sloan said...

Happy 90th to your aunt. Sounds like a lovely time! I love the term "drop in" southern!

And Maude -- still driving at 96! wow!

KelliGirl said...

What precious pictures. I especially love the one of the kids! We celebrated my grandmother's 90th birthday recently and it was such a special time together.

I love the glimpses you share of life in the South. As far as I know, us Yankees don't say "make a plate"...but I do love BBQ!! :-)

Good luck with your photography biz and all the computer learning. Just say to yourself, "The computer is my friend."

Love ya'!

sonja said...

Isn't there something so special about being with the older generation, especially when they have joy in their lives! It adds something to our own lives just to be around them.

Happy Birthday to Aunt Helen!



On Purpose said...

Susan this is truly a beautiful family legacy! No wonder you are such an amazing woman!! Hugs to you!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Those ladies are precious, and how I miss those day with family. What a precious family! Thanks for sharing with all of us. Jackie

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet Aunt. She is adorable! I love good BBQ, too!

Kay @ Off the Beaten Path said...

What a precious time. Thanks for sharing with us all.

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

So wonderful to see older women be blessed with good health for so long! My Daddy and step-mother were that way! Thanks for sharing this special weekend! Mississippi

Cindy said...

What a wonderful family time. I love precious time with my family. You Aunt and her friend and your mama look Great!!! Wonderful genes you have there - Blessings