“LOVE to GRANDMA” from all of us!

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L to R – Tom, Don, Lee Sr., Uncle Al,  little Lee Aldrich Jr., and “Grandma Lulu,”  – aka  – Louise Aldrich Stanley.

“Happy Birthday “Grandma Lula – this is a lucky time for all of us to be together  – and the best part is that  –  there was film in the camera. Back then – in the  “olden”  days – ha-ha…-  how lucky it is for everyone today – just hold up your multi-functional gadget – and you have picture and sound and a  wonderful memory – right there and then – captured forever –  – – – or if it is not just exactly  – the perfect face and look – –  zap – all gone!!!

Everyone knows that I believe that one should celebrate at least a week – – whenever there is something special going on-  or…  how else will you know it even happened – – since…  today we are doing too much – too fast – – – and if there has not been enough “TIME” put into the activity…  the memory is forever forgotten and  permanently erased!!!  We need  photos and reminders  – so there fore as much  “TIME” in the faster  pace world  – to forever remember the good old days and “TIMES” – when we could visit with FAMILY and FRIENDS – and we did not have to rush…

What does the above photo tell us?? Tom on the left has not as yet join the Army –  and not married to the girl with the beautiful red hair that works for us at the “Lucky Boy Drive-In” – and sorry to say – Tom died of cancer just a couple years ago. Don his younger brother is married  with two  children and still living in Florida. Lee Sr. had several surgeries  after leaving the Saint Louis Police Dept., and is no longer with us. Al Aldrich, Lee’s younger brother had cancer  –  and –  some time after Lee passed away  –    Al  also leaving a wife and two children and  she moved back to Canada,  to be with her parents. Lee Jr., is still going and doing his things – has a wife and the both of them loving  horses and  a lot of other animals – they have their hands full – –  feeding so many mouths – around the clock.   Our  Grandma Lulu  – had a long and blessed LIFE  and if she were  still  – – alive  – – today – she would be  up to 134 years  of age!!!

Thank you Almighty Yahweh for giving us all – a wonderful LIFE  –  – and lots  and lots  of memories – – –  and we all  – are still making  more …   memories!

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“A – “Great” Grandma’s Birthday!”

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“Happy Birthday to our  “Grandma Lulu” – today…  on the 31st of May, 2015…   from little baby Al and big brother Lee!”

This photo was taken when baby Al was three or four weeks old  – in what you would call  “cold” weather  – if you lived in Saint Louis, Missouri  – but lucky for us this was in January, 1962 in much  warmer   weather  – Fort Lauderdale,  Florida.

In looking at this photo… here is what I see…  today – Little Lee  is still trying to get used to the fact  – that he NOW has a little baby brother,  Al   – and since  “Grandma Lulu” is not always living with us  – just came to stay for a few months from Saint Louis –  so.. little Lee is starting to feel like he is not the center of everything   – he has to share his time with the new baby  – so… he is trying to give his “Grandma” a couple of hugs and pats around her neck – – – just as she is giving to baby Al … so…. –  in this way he is  still in the picture of things going on  and all with getting used to sharing  in some or  all  of the time , too – – with his brother and everyone who comes to visit and see a new born baby???

(What do you think???)

Just in case  and for those who do not know “Grandma Lula” she was born in Germany in 1881 and that would be celebrating her 134th Birthday today!  Grandma’s full name – Louise Vosmeyer Aldrich Stanley – and if I remember correctly she had twelve children – my husband was the seventh and that made him extra special. Grandma Lula had told me  that – when she came to America from Germany – she had no special shills  – so she took jobs cleaning and cooking in homes of well to-do folks.

One special memory that I have is that  –  when I first met her  – she was living in Dixon, Illinois – taking care of a woman – older than herself – she did light cleaning and cooking  – – – and on this particular meeting – we were picking her up  – –  to bring back to the Saint Louis area — –  but she  had to finish  making a “Pumpkin Pie”  –  for the “woman’s dessert that evening – and when she came to live with us  – she could whip up a “coffee Cake”  faster than anybody  – – I had to get a “cook book” out  to make one. Nothing smells better than to have fresh baking “Coffee Cake” for breakfast.

Looks like to me  – that the Almighty Yahweh  watches over all of His creations – and sends extra blessings to them  – just when they need them – “Grandma Lulu” was well blessed with a wonderful   Family of some of the best of  the very best children!

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