A Centenarian Birthday Celebration
Last week I had the distinct privilege of attending a centenarian birthday celebration, as my  remarkable mother-in-law, Rose Gould (see “My Mother-in-law - My Inspiration”) turned 100 years of age.  Since few people reach this milestone, it was a rare opportunity - although, having said that, I might add that my former mother-in-law lived to the age of 103, and her name was also Rose! The celebration was an incredible event – magnificently orchestrated by her granddaughter – my step daughter - Staci Gould, who (aged mid-40's) lives with Rose in a retirement community in order that Rose may continue to live independently ...this despite the fact that Staci was recently married and has made the unselfish choice to continue to live apart from her spouse and remain with Rose, rather than have her grandmother move into to an assisted living situation.   The Setting Staci left no stone unturned in ensuring the enormous success of this tribute to her beloved grandmother. She invited over 100 people which included family from across the North American continent, Rose’s friends from her community and Staci’s own friends, most of whom have known Rose for many years, and love her dearly.  The affair was held in a beautiful venue with floor-to-ceiling glass walls all around. It was catered, and in a prominent spot, surrounded by rose petals, was a three-tiered cake - each tier adorned with edible pictures of Rose and her late husband Al at various stages of their lives. The centerpiece on each table also included photographs of Rose`s life.               The DJ –an older gentleman - was entirely familiar with the music so popular in my mother-in-law’s ...
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