Bruce’s mother, Libby Schwartz, celebrated her 100th birthday on September 13, 2012. We had a small dinner party at John and Kathy’s house with fish tacos, refried beans, and chocolate cake with ice cream.
This remarkable event made me stop and wonder what was happening in 1912 –the year Libby was born.
Here are a few of highlights from that year to, perhaps, give you pause also: The Girl Scouts of America was founded; Louis Armstrong dropped out of school and started performing on the streets in New Orleans; New Mexico and Arizona became the 47th and 48th state to be admitted to the United States; the RMS Titanic sank, and Houdini escaped from a nailed and roped crate submersed in the East River in New York. The Great Houdini liberated himself in only fifty-seven seconds.
The American chef Julia Child who brought a generation of Americans to French cooking was born and Mr. “Singing in the Rain” –Gene Kelly took his first breath.
During Libby’s lifetime television and personal computers were invented, and two World Wars were fought. It’s astounding to look back over one hundred years and to think of everything that has happened and changed during Libby’s lifetime.
Libby is kind, delightful, and funny—plus she’s in good health. Reaching one hundred years is an achievement and milestone to be celebrated.