Today would be mom’s 88th birthday! In this 1942 photo, she is living in Detroit  and probably planning her June 1943 wedding. She is wearing the working girl’s fashion of the day–a tailored suit and blouse, which she most likely sewed herself.

Like so many moms, she made a bigger deal out of our birthdays than her own. I think we all remember her 70th birthday, though, when we surprised her by all showing up in Florida. It was a memorable–mostly all girls (sorry, Michael!)–weekend complete with family slides and lots of laughter. I’m glad that we have that special time to remember.

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