One Hundred Years Old

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.

At the last minute I made another layer for this cake, because a few more people planned on coming to Libby’s party. Unfortunately I ran out of icing. This three tiered handmade creation is made with super dark devil’s food cake and chocolate butter cream icing. A sprinkle of espresso powder is added to give the cake a special kick, and the dessert is topped with a nine taper candelabra perfect for a 100 year birthday celebration.

 

Libby’s granddaughter Teal Everts and Teal’s husband Jamey.

 

Three generations of Schwartzes: Brant, Libby, and Bruce Schwartz.

 

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.

 

Libby sits down in front of the big cake, and wonders what to do next. We sing “Happy Birthday” and say “make a wish and blow out the candles.”

 

Bruce and John helping Libby blow out the candles on her cake.
Libby and her three children: John Schwartz, Barbara Miller, and Bruce Schwartz.
Bruce and John are orthopedic surgeons and Barbara is a professor of Art History.

 

 

 

25 thoughts on “One Hundred Years Old

    1. What a wonderful celebration.How lucky Libby is to have her family with her to celebrate. Thanks, Sher, for sharing this.

      You are welcome Joan. It’s pretty special. Thanks for checking in. Sher

  1. Libby looks fantastic at 100 and so does everyone else. It’s fun to see Teal and Jamey again too – looks like you didn’t fire up the guitar hero on this fine evening! 🙂

    1. Libby looks fantastic at 100 and so does everyone else. It’s fun to see Teal and Jamey again too – looks like you didn’t fire up the guitar hero on this fine evening!

      Hi Karen–We didn’t bring out Rock Band, but if we had Libby would have marveled at us, because she loves music and is amazed at how far technology has come. 🙂 Thanks for your comment. Happy fall–SHer

  2. Very nice! Your accounting of historic events in 1912 made me think and made me marvel all the more at Libby’s century of life. Thank you for the photos and the commentary.

  3. OOOH THANK YOU for sharing that lovely bit of news:::::::::family ties and historical reminders of where we were and where we are!
    Your post was such a healthy breath of fresh air.

    And I’m so happy you + Gigi Murphy are back together again, too—
    Carry on!

  4. Hi Sher, Thank you so much for taking the time to send the pictures and inform us about Libby’s Centenial. She must have been so happy and proud to have all of her children with her. You are such a great daughter in law and friend.
    It really is amazing all that has happened during Libby’s lifetime.

  5. I loved the look of this “quiet” family celebration of a 100th birthday instead of the crowd of people you often see at these events! And it looked like Libby was enjoying it, too. I’ve been collecting a few old postcards the last few years and the most interesting, intriguing ones come out of this 1910-1915 era….

  6. wow! libby looks fantAstic! thanks for sharing this.( killer cake 🙂
    i agree with mary just above me. such a sweet intimate time with the family.
    blessings to you all.

    1. A big thank you to everyone who has made a comment on Libby’s birthday. I’m not replying to each of you, because I am getting ready to go to the Schwartz family reunion tomorrow. It’s called Duck Camp and is a weekend full of duck hunting ( for some of us) and music and great food around the campfire. Also some birdwatching and hiking thrown in too.

      Thanks so much for all your well wishes; I am reading them all. 🙂 Sher

  7. Hi Sher! It looks like Libby had a wonderful day – and a fantastic cake! I wonder what Libby’s earliest memories are of?

    1. beautiful, Sher! What a sweetie mother in law you have. you are so lucky to have married into that extended family! Thanks Valerie- Sorry I could not get back to you right away. We were out of town and offline this weekend. Thanks for your comments. Sher

  8. First..i want the recipee….2nd.. Gosh what a beauty; 100 years young…lots of longevity there…she looks not a day over 80!..What things she has seen. Bruce you look great too…..staying away from the camp fuel probably….love and kisses from canada

    1. First..i want the recipee….2nd.. Gosh what a beauty; 100 years young…lots of longevity there…she looks not a day over 80!..What things she has seen. Bruce you look great too…..staying away from the camp fuel probably….love and kisses from canada Hi Carol– good to hear from you, and I am glad all is well in Canada. Thanks for checking in. We hope to visit you next year– I will bring the recipe. 🙂 Sher

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