Today would be Grandma Ruth's 96th birthday and I have been remembering lots of wonderful moments with both of my grandparents. In 1932, Grandma attended nursing school at the University of Minnesota and also at Wrights Memorial in Fergus Falls, MN, where I now live. She was a hottie, wasn't she?
This is my Grandparents wedding photo on June 15, 1934. They had secretly eloped and were married for a year before they told their families and could actually live together. They had a wonderful 66 years together. I was always fascinated by the unique start of their relationship and the adversity they faced with their parents not approving. Grandpa had even proposed 3 times before Grandma accepted! I feel so privileged to have grown up on the same farm with them and having been a witness to their love.
I have had 39 years with Grandma in my life and for that I am eternally grateful. Each day since we celebrated Grandma's Life on July 29th, I have worn Grandma's wedding ring. I love looking down at my hand and seeing a daily reminder of her presence in my life.
I am also thankful that both of my daughters knew their great-grandma and have their own memories. I think, tonight, I will snuggle into one of the afghans crocheted by Grandma and remember her. Happy birthday, Grandma. I miss you.