I found this photo this last year in my Aunt Elsie’s scrapbook. Elsie is a sister to my grandmother, Ruby Lundquist (m. Franklin Smuin). In this photo, Ruby is holding my mother, Grace Helen Smuin (b. 14 January 1930).
I love this photo and her happy and beautiful face as a young mother. She would have been 32 years old in 1930, the same age I was when I held my first child.
I was born on the 5th of January, a day-early birthday gift to my grandma Ruby, who at the time was battling breast cancer. Ruby died 23 February 1959, a month and a half after I was born. I am happy to know we met, and she held me in her arms before she died.
This week we celebrate our birthdays, my grandma and I. I am sending my love to her in her heavenly home.