Eighty years ago the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began. Charles Lindberg left on his 3,500 mile flight and Popeye made his debut. The Academy Awards started (Wings was the best picture) and in 1929 7-up was invented. This same year Penicillin was discovered and the first car radio by Motorola came into existence. A gallon of milk cost .25 cents, bread was .10 cents a loaf, eggs were .59 cents a dozen, and potatoes were .36 cents a pound.
AND 80 years ago today my mother-in-law was born.
Today was Jeanette’s 80th birthday celebration and it was a great day for a birthday! Her daughters organized a little family get together at Judy’s house on the lake. The sun was ridiculously warm and the water was beckoning. Kristi made some slushes and her and I put some weiners on the FLAMEmaster (right, Kristi?) to go along with the subs they had ordered from the deli. Everybody brought salads to complete the lunch.
After lunch Byron took a group out for a pontoon ride and Zach and his cousins swam, canoed and paddled in the lake. Us older folks found a comfy spot in the shade and caught up on each other’s lives. When the pontooners got back we sang Happy Un-Birthday to Mom (because she wants to go backwards in age now not forward), she opened her presents and we had cake.
Why don’t we do this more often I wondered on the ride home? Is it because we are all so busy? Probably. But shouldn’t we make time for family? Absolutely! All in all it was a very relaxing afternoon. It was definitely a great day for a birthday!