We celebrated my Mom’s 85th birthday at my
brother and sister-in-law’s home in Westfield, New Jersey on May 19, 2012. Enjoying a birthday is chance to stop and
acknowledge life. It is a wonderful reminder of the blessings of every moment. Since Mom and the cast from Madmen are BFF, we decided to make this a celebration in the style of a 1960's party. Although Don, Betty and the cast couldn't make it, we did have a full house filled with those who have known and loved Mom for many years.
|Happy Bea Day|
|The Invitation |
Celebrating a birthday with a party is not new to my mother. From her earliest years, she
was fortunate to have a loving family that celebrated each and every year with
cake, gifts and a song. But of course in the Ginsberg family, there was always a
photograph of each event. Recently while visiting with Mom, we walked through
her “morgue of photographs” that were stored in her basement. I took home a
handful of them to scan and enjoy. It occurred to me that putting them online
on my blog, allows me to share them with my friends, family and in fact, the
So enjoy this album of photos from 1927 to 2012. This "digital book" of photos spans Mom's first birthday to the recent party to celebrate #85.
We love you
Mom and happy birthday. Now, on to 86!
|Beatrice Ginsberg's 1st Birthday May 22, 1928|
|6th birthday in West Philadelphia on Catherine Street |
|10th birthday May 22, 1937|
|Sweet Sixteen - May 22, 1943|
|Mom turns 21- May 22, 1948|
A Book of BEAutiful Photos from the Day
|Madmen give Bea a heads up|
|Georgia and Jeff |
|Fanny, Diane and Bea|
|Celia, Bea and Laura |
|Mom and Mitch |
|Mom, Leslie and little Jessie|
|Florence Turen, a Corona, and Mom |
|Mom and Tommy|
|Al and Norma Schaffer with Mom|
|Mom with her sister-in-law Lolly Winick |
|Mom, Jeff, Mitch and Diane |
|Fanny Slater and Mom |
|Diane and Juliet (her granddaughter)|
|Mom (pearls) and Mitch (Fedora)|
|Shayna Punim |
|Fanny back from LA LA Land|
|Mom and Sweet Juliet |
|Table set from 1960's look Note the pretzels on the ruler. A reference to Mr. McCauley, the custodian from The Bryant School in West Philadelphia. He used to bring the kids pretzels on a ruler for snacks.|
|The sweet prince rests before the party - Henry is Bea's Great Grandson |
|Nailing it! |
|Fanny is welcomed back East by Jessie|
|Juliet and Grandma Di |
|Blue Brothers (Great Uncle Jeff and Henry)|
|Speaking of parties |
|Gift from the grandchildren |
|Scrabble Family |
|Words of love about Bea |
|Thank you from Bea|
|Wait...I'm not through eating! |
|Bea on the Ice Cream Truck |
|Grandpa Jerry blows bubbles with Henry|
|Happy Bea Day|
|Bea's Two Sons- Mitch and Jeff |
|Diane and Jeff |
|Henry the Great|
Photo courtesy of Joanie Schwartz
|Juliet, Henry and Bea |
Photo courtesy of Joanie Schwartz
Diane's speech to Mom:
|Knitting a story together |
In order to be an accomplished
knitter one has to understand a few important details. Being my mom is similar
however children don't come with instructions as knitters always have a pattern
First of all in order to knit you
usually need two needles. In life we
know it takes two to start a family and we all know that my mom and dad got
that part right!
In knitting you start by casting on
stitches, then you connect the yarn from needle to needle. My mom and dad cast on three children and
together we added three spouses and six grandchildren. In knitting terms you would see k2tog, that
means knit two stitches together and now there are 2 great grandchildren.
In the fabric of life just like in
knitting you have to work your pattern evenly. It is called gauge. You don't
want your stitches too tight or too loose and this is not always easy to do!
You want to be in total control.
Hmm...now that sounds just like my mom!
She knit us together so well, and we all know what a close knit family
we have become. Some of us live in
different states however we are all connected just like the stitches on her
There are two basic knitting
stitches: the knit stitch and the purl.
You can see the difference as the purl has a little bump in the front.
It represents the little bumps in the road that every family has to endure. My
mom has had her share, but she has continued to knit and keep us together in
spite of these challenges and losses.
My mom has
knit blankets, vests, sweaters, hats, scarves, socks and ponchos to keep us
warm. Most of them are done on two
needles. Her biggest, most recent labor
of love was an extra large afghan, knit using a round needle. With this special needle she created the
circle of life, as the afghan will allow Garret, Jessica and Juliet to cuddle
up on warm nights. By the way she
previously made one for Jaime, Scott and Henry. Anyone here who has received a
handmade gift from my mom knows that it was made with love, it might keep you
warm, it will stay with you forever and it makes you a part of her close knit
world. If she hasn't made you something let her know, she loves a project.
Some other things my 85 year old mom
can do besides knit are:
Use a computer, send email, forward
email, use Facebook , print pictures, work a DVD, work a DVR, use a cell phone
and retrieve messages, read on a Kindle, drive to the knitting store, cook a
turkey, order a Millburn Deli sandwich, never miss a Friday with Tommy, scratch
off and win a lottery ticket, write a thank you note....one could say she's a
Jack of all trades!
It seems every five years we gather
to celebrate my mother's birthday! This
year Mom has both of her great grand
children Henry and Juliet to share her special day. It doesn't get better than that.
Mitchell took you to see Bruce
Springsteen however I had Paul McCartney name his daughter Beatrice after you
I guess in your day we'd be seeing
I also arranged to have a character
named Ginsberg on Mad Men!
Speaking of Mad Men that of course is
the era we grew up during and I know how much you love the show. The fellows at Sterling Cooper Draper Price
all regret that they are too busy creating too join us today. Personally I think they are full of Hamm and
beans! Happy Birthday Mom!
|Fanny speaks for me|
My Speech: As usual, I was too overwhelmed with emotion to read my speech. In my family, when I get up to speak, out come the tissues. Luckily I had a spare actress with me: Fanny. She read one of my blog posts called Being Bea that can be found at this link.
What a glorious and wonderful day it was and how lucky we all are to Bea together.
And a few short movie clips:
|Hap BEA Birthday Mom|
A few words from Bea
A few more words from Bea
Part of Diane's speech
Happy Birthday to You
Henry chases bubbles
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