Family Album: The Great 98

Life took a small turn towards normal last week when Phyllis was granted a get-out-of-jail-free card to celebrate her 98th birthday. After nearly SEVEN months in captivity at her retirement community, she got the go-ahead for socially-distant socializing during her big birthday week.

It all kicked off with Gail’s arrival. After braving masks and airports from Missoula to Santa Barbara, and toting a few mysterious parcels that caused TSA just a bit of consternation, she unpacked her bags to reveal her home-grown, homemade pesto and peach crisp. What a first-night feast we had!


Granny was a little uncertain about being back out in the world but she was a good sport about it and had Lily by her side for moral support.IMG_7496

She looks pretty great for 98, doesn’t she?

Think of all the changes she has seen in her life! 

Frozen food was invented when she was 2; penicillin discovered when she was 6 and scotch tape when she was 8. Phyllis was 14 when sun tan lotion and electric blankets were introduced and 16 when the first ballpoint pens hit the market. She has many memories of life during World War II, when she and Lyle were first married and then started their family after the war. Lucky for them disposable diapers were invented in 1947! The television was actually created in 1926 but did not become a consumer craze until the 1950’s – just when she needed those Saturday morning cartoons for Steve, Mark and Gail.

Transistor radios debuted in 1953, satellites in 1957 and in 1963, lava lamps and, of course, the hula hoop!

She mastered ATM’s, computers and cell phones. Nothing fazes her, so no wonder she has sailed through the age of COVID with nary a complaint.

We gathered, along with dear friends Dave and Karen, to celebrate the big day:





Not sure what she wished for when she blew out the candles – maybe for a lot less pandemic and a lot more normal. Here’s hoping everything is truly back to normal next year when she celebrates her 99th!


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Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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5 Responses to Family Album: The Great 98

  1. dizzyguy says:

    What a great birthday to celebrate! The food, decorations, flowers and gifts all made it the special event it deserved to be. Thanks to everyone (and especially the CCL) for making the Birthday Breakout the event it deserved to be.

  2. Dad4Gracie says:

    That last picture is just so nice!

  3. Jessica says:

    Happy belated birthday Phyllis!! I’m sure it was a great gift to be able to be with family and loved ones after so long.

    Off topic M2: do you have amazon prime? There’s a documentary called The Booksellers I think is right up your alley.


  4. citymama says:

    She is an amazing lady! HB, grandma!

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