Saturday, March 30th is my mom Lucile Maran's birthday, and she'll be 86 years young. I'd like to celebrate by sharing some pictures from her interesting life.
This photo was just taken last month. I think my mom looks great for her age, or for ANY age, don't you?
My mom has a youthful attitude, too. She's not one to sit around and watch TV. She's still selling antiques at the consignment shop Up for Grabs in Naples, Florida, and works there part time too. She enjoys walking her dog Jezebel every day and having lunch with her dog loving friends, Clorinda Haug (left below) and Rochelle Baum (center):
My mom has always had a special sense of style, and I've learned a lot from her. She knows how to set up great displays from all her years as a store owner, first as the owner of an antique shop attached to our home, then as the owner of the Mole Hole gift shop in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and as the owner of the Wind in the Willows boutique in Naples, Florida:
Here she is back in the 1970's, watering her plants at the Mole Hole in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan:
Jezebel loves to go for a ride in the car:
"Walking" Jezebel in Naples with friend Alexandra Berz (right):
I'm really proud of my mom. My dad passed away just over a year ago, and it's been a tough year, but she's made the huge adjustment to her new life really well. She married my dad when she was only 19 years old, and they had a very happy marriage:
Recently I helped her pack up many things in her townhouse so she could put it on the market. She wants to move to a smaller home with a little less maintenance. We took down all the family photos, like this "glamour shot" of her from college:
My mom's Easter decor:
I just returned from Naples a couple weeks ago. My brother will be going there for my mom's birthday, and I'll be going back in May. We take turns visiting so she always has something to look forward to, although at Christmas we both went at the same time.
So I'd like to wish my mom a Happy Birthday, and end this post with a picture taken at Easter long ago. We were dressed in our Easter finery, getting ready for church. You can tell in the picture I wasn't fond of getting all dressed up:
Happy Birthday, mom! Much love to you!