Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mother's 90th Birthday

Illustration by early 20th century decorative publishers' edition artist, Margaret Armstrong

What a blessing to be traveling "back home again to Indiana" this week to celebrate mother's 90th birthday! She was born at home in Greenfield, Indiana (where she still resides) on June 20, 1920 - a seven month baby, so tiny she was put in the wood stove to keep her warm. She is certainly a survivor - of cancer, several pneumonias, and congestive heart failure. Although in assisted living and on oxygen, she loves her family, loves to read, enjoys genealogy and her rich family heritage, and is active in local politics, the Brandywine Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a local women's literary club. We will be celebrating with dinner at "Hollyhock Hill" - a venerable family-style restaurant in Indianapolis, known for its Hoosier cooking!


  1. Ho wonderful ! have a great trip and you are blessed to have had her here so long now, be safe ! Gina

  2. Happy Birthday with your mom !! hugs and kisses from me...............Ria......90 years!!! wowww!!............

  3. Dear Cassandra, My warmest congratulations to your mother on her 90th. birthday. What a remarkable woman and what an interesting life she must have to look back upon for the C20, her century, probably saw more changes than any other. I do hope that you have a lovely time with her on this special occasion and that she may look forward to many more birthdays to come.

  4. A very happy 90th birthday to your mother Cassandra - she sounds like an amazing woman and what a beautiful picture of her as a young woman. Have a wonderful family time.

    I have been catching up with lots of posts that I've missed - your place at Sacandaga Lake sounds wonderful and I was fascinated by your grandparents' pet Peacock!


  5. Cassandra...It's so nice to know someone else with a mother this age. My mother will be 90 in October. We should get them together. I hope your mom has a wonderful celebration.

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  6. Cassandra, your mother sounds like a real American woman!
    Congratulations on her is wonderful that you will be with her.

    All the best

    Jeanne :)

  7. Hi Cassandra,
    How wonderful your mother is still with you. Women of her era are so strong and tough, no matter what they went through and experienced.
    I hope you had a wonderful dinner together.
    Have a nice day!

  8. Enjoy your time with your mom. I know you will!



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