Happy 89 years, Grandma

I’m not sure how old my Grandma is here, but I think she looks beautiful and it’s one of my favorite pictures of her. She’s still in Montana in this photo. Still Bernice Newkirk. Will become Bernice Van Steenbergen to give me the “Van” in my name. She’ll fight for the polar bears any day. For small things, things without voices of their own, for stray cats, for humming birds, for NPR – although NPR has a voice, they need more ears. She’s a musician whose knuckles grew bulbous – which is good for digging in the ground she loves, but bad for strumming guitars. She used to sing to the sick, now she cuts them flowers from her garden instead. She’s independent, on her own in her Long Beach home (family near by when she needs it). Happy Birthday, Grandma and to many more.

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3 Responses to Happy 89 years, Grandma

  1. Happy Birthday to your grandmother, giver of Van. And so glad you mentioned our coming holiday to acknowledge YOUR birthday…one has to be prepared to have July upon us. I will be back to read additional posts. But in case the time evaporates as it tends to do, early wishes for a very Happy Birthday, Rachel. xo

    • rachvb says:

      haha! I’m taking it back! It’s MINE! We have had an unusually cool, rainy summer. I hope I’m not jinxing the weather by saying so, but it hardly feels like (almost) July.
      Thank you for both wishes. I hope you are well and your upcoming weekend is full of over-priced, incredible, colorful explosion shows that celebrate my birthday, of course. =)
      xo

    • Grandma says:

      Rachel,my dear,I’m all chocked-up,over reading your blog.In fact my eyes are all misty,and leaking tears.You have sent me such a loving blog,that, as you can see;I’m really moved.It’s your sensitive, poetic self in action,and I’m proud to be your grandma.Thank you my love,G’ma

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