Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Babie

Today is my grandmother's 95th birthday!!!
She's been a hairdresser for over 60 years, and this is a photograph of her beauty salon back in its hay-day. The salon still looks just like it did and she even does the occasional hair cut or perm! (the only thing that's changed is that those hair dryers now look like this.



The polish word for Grandmother is Babcia (pronounced: bab-cha) but my brother, sister, and I could never pronounce that when we were little, so we called her Babie (bab-E) and it stuck! She's such a spit fire and I really get a lot of my bad clutter/collecting habits from her (y2k never happened in her house - and things are piled high!) I don't know if she realizes how important she is and what a huge inspiration she's been. (her beautiful 1940's silk crepe dresses, those same stories she tells, and the never ending afternoons I've spent exploring her house)
I'm so happy she's still with us.

She's doing amazing for her age, but this week has been hard - she had a terrible fall over the weekend and broke two ribs... I think she'll be fine, but that means cake and ice cream at her hospital room tonight. I'm excited to have her back home though, and to spend more summer afternoons sitting on the back porch.

8 comments:

AlicePleasance said...

The beauty salon looks so great in the picture! happy birthday to Grandmother :-)

Belle said...

give her a happy birthday hug! i wish i had my grandmother still. she sounds like an amazing woman, yours.

Elissa said...

What a wonderful story about your grandmother! Happy Birthday to her and get well soon!

Birdie said...

I hope your granny is getting well again very soon!!

SKYLA said...

lovely blog, and lovely post about your grandma. i love stories and old photos like that, they've got such a sweet reminiscent nature to them.

Danz said...

The fragility of older people can be heartbreaking but at the same time, their optimistic outlook on life no matter what happens is inspiring. I hope your grandmother gets well soon! Hope you can check out my blog sometime, love yours!

Punky said...

aww, Shell be fine, my gram falls all the time too. They are tough cookies.

Effie said...

Thanks so much for all the kind wishes! She actually came home from the hospital today!

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