Today would have been my Grandmother Ruth's birthday. She was born July 4, 1885, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, in the upstairs bedroom of her parents' house on a main street in town. For years afterward, little-girl Ruth thought all the parades, picnics, and fireworks were for her because it was her birthday!
Recently I visited with my three siblings, and we looked through some very old family photo albums. I was delighted to find some pictures of my grandmother when she was a young woman.
Pensive, pretty, adorable.
These images are so special to me, because up until now, I'd only seen photos of her as a very old lady, with white, frizzy hair and a huge bosom.
Here she is with a friend, or maybe it's a cousin? There's no ID on the photo, unfortunately.
Her hair was so thick and glossy. I had no idea that she had such beautiful tresses. My other grandmother would have agreed: "You have all been blessed with glorious heads of hair," she used to say.