She’s Ninety Freakin’ Nine!

That’s what Natasha exclaimed on Saturday morning.

We were talking about mom.

Monday, August 6th, is Pauline’s birthday.

She will be 99 years old. Ninety Freakin’ Nine.

Although mom’s health might be considered “poor,” the fact that she is still on the planet is amazing to me. My cute, little energizer bunny has outlived her husband, all of her siblings, all of her friends, and most people who were born in the year 1919. She has lived to this day despite vision and hearing loss, four mini strokes and dementia.

Mom’s quality of life has diminished greatly over the past year and a half, but her appetite is still good. It takes her forever to eat (chew, chew, chew, chew), but she still loves her meat and desserts. Mom sleeps more, but when she’s awake…this woman can deliver great one-liners or say words that I didn’t know were in her vocabulary.

Mom is a fighter, for whatever reason, and will continue to be a delight to her caregivers and social worker (and her daughter) until it’s time to “go home” and meet her God.

I’ll be spending the evening meal with 99 year old Pauline, as her residence will be providing cake (and probably balloons) to commemorate another milestone for mom. It’s difficult to buy a birthday present for her, because there isn’t much she needs at this point in time. Mom can’t see or smell flowers and the last time I bought her chocolate truffles, they sat there, half-eaten. This year she’ll be receiving a pair of pajamas and fleece blanket for the big birthday…not exciting, but practical.

Mom, you’ve experienced so much in your life – lived through the terms of 19 Presidents, the Depression, one World war, several other wars, got married, raised two bratty children, moved between three different cities, and grew up in a household of 15. You’ve traveled the country, Canada and Cuba, made the best wiener schnitzel and potato pancakes ever, and set an example for moderately enjoying adult refreshment. Between you and dad, I was taught faith and morals, a solid work ethic and how to not take life too seriously. Even though there have been days and years when we didn’t see eye-to-eye, I love you dearly today and thank you for setting an exquisite example of how to age gracefully with mighty spirit and spunk.

Happy Freakin’ Birthday, Mom! ❤ ❤ ❤

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41 responses to She’s Ninety Freakin’ Nine!

  1. M-R says:

    She’s bloody BRILLIANT !
    Of course, a lot of her staying power is due to her daughter …
    XXOXOX

  2. Dan Antion says:

    Happy Birthday Pauline!

    She has had an amazing life, and her daughter is a testament to her hard work, strong ethics and remarkable faith. I hope you had a good time today.

  3. joey says:

    Well that’s delightful! I am so pleased for you both ❤ Happy Birthday, Mary's mom!
    (My grandfather would be her age, 1919, but December.) So rare and special indeed!

  4. Joanne Sisco says:

    I love this so much. As Heather said – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! I’m sending so much of it your way to you and your mom today 💕💕💕💕

    Ninety-nine is a mighty fine number!

  5. Herman says:

    So sorry I missed this wonderful post! Wishing your mother a very Happy Birthday and all the best! Hope you both enjoyed the cake!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you, Herman! Mom had two cakes for her birthday – a regular cake and an ice cream cake. She chose the latter, of course! It was a good day. 😃

  6. Shelley says:

    Aw, I love this post. Happy Belated birthday to your mom. She’s one lucky lady to have you as her daughter and to have lived such a wonderful life (so far!) 🙂

  7. Laura says:

    Holy moly! I hope you all enjoyed celebrating this milestone with your mom. She sounds like a remarkable lady.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m not sure how much Mom enjoyed herself. She doesn’t believe she’s 99 and tells us so. Then again, I do know if she loved the ice cream cake.

  8. JoAnna says:

    Thanks for sharing these great photos and memories. I’m glad she enjoyed the ice cream and cake and that maybe she feels younger than 99 since she doesn’t believe she’s that old.

  9. JanBeek says:

    I’m grateful to Claudia for introducing your creative blog to me! I definitely will click on “follow,” I love this story of your mom’s 99th birthday 🎁Ah yes! Each day’s a gift – and you’re so blessed to have your mom live such a long, fulfilling life! This month I wrote about a friend who just celebrated her 95th birthday. Ten life lessons she’s learned as she has aged. You may enjoy sharing them with your mom and see if she has a few she has learned that she can add. Does she agree with these? Share with me at JanBeek!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Jan, thank you so much for following and for your kind words about my mom. I will get over to read about your friend, but not sure mom will understand. Her dementia has taken its toll and our conversations are not what they use to be. However, I will hold her hand and tell her I love her per usual!

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