Another five years flew by. It seems just like yesterday when we all met as a family in San Antonio, Texas to celebrate the eighty fifth birthday of our Matriarch. This year we gathered on South Padre Island, Texas with kids, grandkids, and great grand kids to wish our mother (grandmother, great-grandmother) Happy Birthday. We are resting up today from the celebration.
Louise is a true picture of the genteel Southern Lady, and. as always. she didn't break character. The festivities started on Thursday with the arrival of all participants. We rented a four story condominium on the north end of the Island with great views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre. The Steel Magnolia amazed us all with her energy and vitality.
This is a breakfast photo with Uncle Troy cooking breakfast for everyone while mother enjoys a little time with her newest great grandchild, Chloe.
In this photo the grandkids are doing what we do best in our family, eating.
Aaron and Ava are getting acquainted with their new little cousin, Chloe.
The views of the Gulf of Mexico from the upper balconies were spectacular.
The views of the Laguna Madre were also stunning. As the sun set on the bay we made plans to meet next year to repeat the event. My mother suggested that five years might be stretching our luck. So, the planning for the next location starts today.
THE MYSTERY OF THE FLOWER
She was the Belle of Jeff Davis County.
Stunning to the beholder.
Long haired brunette
with more curves than a mountain highway.
She was raised in the traditions of the South.
Never leave the house without your make-up.
Always dress to the nines.
Her wide brimmed hats shadowed her face
to add to the mystery.
She learned to be strong and silent in adversity.
A player in a man’s world.
Influential, but not obtrusive.
Beautiful, but powerful.
She remains the same today.
Never making an appearance until her face is fixed.
Her hair shows no gray.
Graceful and fragrant like the Magnolia’s blossom.
But make no mistake,
her resolve is steel.