96 years

My Grandma is 96 today—she was born in 1918.

I can’t even wrap my mind around her 96 years of living and all that she has seen—the legacy that she has led.

She's lived through a world war, the 1950s and 60s and the technology of today. She taught in a one-room school house in a tiny town in Nebraska and raised six kids on a farm before they moved out to California in the 1960s.

Her faith, her deep love for family and her intelligence is something I hope is present in me. 

My dad mentioned a few months ago that I should fly to California to see her, and I made the decision that it would be worth the quick trip. What was just a few of us turned into a gathering of over 15—a mini family reunion filled with loads of food and laughter and balmy 72 degrees.

When we gathered around my Grandma to blow out candles, someone asked her what she wished for. She paused for a moment and said, “I just wish this day could last forever.”

I love my friends and the connections I have in Washington—we’ve created an extended family of friends and neighbors—but there’s something about family, people who look like you and share similar characteristics and the same strong Grandma.

xo, erika


  1. Wonderful tribute to a wonderful time together! Thank you!! Grandma was still on Cloud Nine today and not the least bit tired she said!!!

  2. How amazing. What a wonderful family. Treasures to hold dear.

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  3. Wonderful!! This makes me miss my grandma, but I'm so happy you got to spend this special day with yours. xo

  4. That is so amazing! She is darling. I'm glad you got to spend that special day with her. :)

  5. So glad you got to have some Grandma time!

  6. Holy cow, 96, that is insane! Happy birthday to your grandma!

  7. Oh my goodness, so special! Your grandma looks like she has come great stories!
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  8. Happy happy birthday to your amazing grandma! My grandma passed away at almost 91 so treasure what you have with her. :)

  9. That's wonderful! My grandparents were born in 1918-1924 and around that time (I don't know each year they were born in other than one who was in 1922) but they all died. My one great-grandmother that I met and loved (the youngest of my greats) was born in 1900 and died in 1990 at age 90 on my 7th birthday and I don't tend to know of people who have grandparents that were born around the time that mine were, but your grandmother is from my grandparents' era, so that is pretty nifty. I hope she continues to have birthdays every year! That's so excellent. My one grandmother lived with us for a while and since she grew up in the depression, NOTHING went to waste, so she would eat moldy bread while at our house and I threw it out on her because I was so disgusted and she yelled at me like crazy. ugh.



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