My older sister, Sally and niece, Jo visited last week from Memphis. (I’ll write a separate post about their stay here at our house.) While she was in town, we decided to take a trip to State College, PA with our parents and grandparents to take a 5 generation picture with my 106 year old great-grandmother.
106 and 8 months actually. We call her Grandma Ruth. She’s an incredible woman. She is my dad’s dad’s mother. She has lived in State College for pretty much her entire life. She drove until the age of 100! The greatest thing about her is her memory. She doesn’t forget things! It’s so fun to listen to her tell stories from when she first met Pappy Bruce (her husband) to when my brother was a toddler and basically told her that she was sitting in his chair. She remembers all of her grandkids’ birthdays too. That’s not even an exaggeration!! She’s got 5 children, about 20 grandchildren, and…let’s just say we have a huge family!! (I’m not going to try to count the great-grands and so on.) We have been so incredibly blessed to have her around for so long with such a sharp mind. You can read a little more about her in this article from her last birthday (which she celebrated AT a Penn State game!!) Me, Clark, Grandma Ruth, my dad – Don, and my grandpa – Jack (Ruth’s oldest of 5).
My dad’s aunt, June was there with her husband, John and we all visited for a while and watched the kiddos wrestle around.After an hour or so, we knew Grandma was getting tired so we headed to my grandpa’s hunting camp just outside State College for some lunch. It was Clark’s first time there and Jo hadn’t been there since she was about 3 months old.
I am so so thankful we did this! I mean, not many families are able to have 5 generations all in the same room together. I am so blessed to be part of this huge, amazing, loving family! And I’m so lucky to actually know my GREAT-grandmother! Love you Grandma Ruth!