Lucille and Gladys, summer of 1942
Just over a month ago, Aunt CB (aka Mom) celebrated her 90th Birthday with a party for the three March Birthday girls---Mom and her daughters Pat and Beth.
Gina, Connor, Beth and Aunt CB
The Kids Table!
Surrounded by many of her family, the Sunday brunch was filled with laughter, guesses on who did which jobs when they were younger (Mom won with the most amount of jobs and stories for each of them), good food, stories told, and more laughter. It was a great event to celebrate a full ninety years.
Today, Mom’s favorite cousin, Gladys Howland Wood (or ‘Glads’ as Mom called her), also would have been turning ninety. We celebrated their special ‘cousining’ in our blog story five years ago called ‘A Day for Us’.
To celebrate her birthday today, Gladys daughter, Kathryn writes:
CB and Gladys --The ‘Twin’ Cousins
I was always impressed at how considerate Ethel and Lillian were, to have 4 daughters each, a special cousin for each. There were some gaps in their ages - 1yr 2 months between Ruth and Leona, 11 months between Esther and Sylva, and 6 months between Doris and Phyllis. But the gap between CB and Gladys was so small they could have been twins.
Gladys, 1942, Berrying with CB....
CB writes on the back of the photo--'Such a Pose!'
CB with her pail of berries. She writes on the back of the photo--
'MY pail is filled!'
CB was born on March 21, and one month and one day later, Gladys was born. When they were older, my Mom (Gladys) loved to ‘point out’ to CB that she (CB) was SO much OLDER than she was. Imagine what she would be saying about 90!!
From Gladys' Garden
The best part of my Mom’s childhood was spending time with CB. I heard so many tales about that. Even the walks between Center Lisle and the farm were worthy of tales. My Mom knew every outhouse on the way. I hear Barrows had the best one. Something about having 3 holes I think. My Mom and bathrooms!
Ma knew she was dying. Dang woman was so smart right to the end. In one of the last conversations we had, she related how CB had called the day before. I know that meant the world to her. The bond was so strong between them.
Gladys and CB, 1943
In Aunt CB’s story from five years ago, she ends with this paragraph, and I think it still resonates for these twin cousins:
“Thus ended a perfect day, one she (Gladys) and I would always remember for we didn’t get many for just us. Somewhere in the future we’ll meet again and then there will be no more paralysis, no more blindness, no more deafness, no more heartaches, just the joy of being together and our jaws will see action again!”
Happy 90th Birthday to Lucille and Gladys, the Twin Cousins!