Saturday, January 23, 2010

Happy Birthday to my sister Ruth Ann!

Today is my "big" sister's birthday. Here all three of us are: That's the birthday girl, Ruth Ann, on the right, partially obscured because she is holding the chubby infant Barbara (me). On the left is our sister Mary.

I think this photo was probably taken and developed by our father, John Coombs, who was playing around with photography as a hobby around that time. The location is likely St. Paul, Minnesota, because that is where I was born.

I have been very lucky with my older sisters. We have remained on good terms for lo these many years. They are both good, giving, supportive, and loving people.

As a small child, I was often the recipient of many creative and generous gifts from my sisters. I remember being delighted by a coconut bunny cake Ruth Ann made at Easter one year. Years later, she made my wedding dress when I was married (the first time.)

Tonight, we three sisters will gather again to celebrate Ruth Ann's birthday. We and my HH* and possibly my son Tom will be going to a nice restaurant nearby that Ruth Ann likes. It will be a small, low-key celebration.

But fair warning, Ruth Ann. Next year is a milestone birthday, so I think we're going to have to pull out all the stops for that one.

However, for sheer pleasure and delight, I don't think I will ever be able to top your Easter bunny cake.
My sister with her two sons and daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.

Happy Birthday, Ruth Ann!
Thanks for being a wonderful big sister.
Love, Barbara
* HH = Handsome Husband