Oceans apart in distance and age.

Today is my dear mom’s 89th birthday in South Africa, and it’s also my granddaughter Taylor’s 5th birthday in New Jersey. We celebrated both of these auspicious occasions of course, and went to see mom in the care home. She was sleeping when we arrived, but soon perked up when she saw her lovely chocolate cake that my sister had made for her to share with all the residents and staff, and the flowers, cards and presents which we’d brought. When we got home, we chatted to Taylor and the rest of the family on Skype. She was so excited about her party yesterday. She even had a visit from the Sleeping Beauty Princess, (actually her cousin in a blonde wig, although I’m not sure she realised this). Here are some pics of the two birthday girls with family and friends.

It’s less than ideal when families live so far apart, but thank goodness for Skype video calls and Facebook photos. What ever would we do without them?

90 comments on “Oceans apart in distance and age.

  1. I can see from where you and your sister has got your good looks ! … Your mom is a beautiful lady …
    And Taylor is a cutie … So the beauty in your family, obviously passing down from generation to generation … // Maria 🙂

  2. Happy belated birthdays to both your dear mum and granddaughter…you have a family full of birthdays at the moment! I’m so glad for you that you have the use of modern technology to keep in such great touch with your family Sylvia. When I moved to California in 1986 there was none of that and I was so homesick for many years. I just know that if we had been able to Skype things would have been so much easier even though it is still not easy being apart from loved ones. Hugs… 🙂

  3. What a beautiful day for your mom and Taylor Sylvia. Please give them both my wishes for more to come and all of the best. Great shots of a beautiful family. You are all so gorgeous! 😀 ♥ Hugs ♥

  4. Such a happy post Sylvia . So lovely to see you and your sister sharing your Mum’s special day . 89 yrs young 🙂
    Thank heavens for little princesses … and more grown up ones too of course …
    Both families enjoying birthday celebrations with a skype call too is brilliant .

  5. My favourite photo is the first one of the three of you. Your mum looks well on that one, but I suppose old age and frailty bring ups and downs. I’m sure she enjoyed you and your sister turning up to celebrate her day though.

  6. A few days ago my computer had a meltdown so I have been computerless until now. It is wonderful to be back and reading your marvelous posts!

    Happy Birthday to you mother and granddaughter.

    “Mothers are the people who love us for no good reason. And those of us who are mothers know it’s the most exquisite love of all.” Maggie Gallagher

  7. Happy Birthday to both one slightly older than the other… my daughter and my mother share a birthday and with both in SA never sure who to spend the day with…

      • Sometimes I go to my Mom and Linda to our daughter… works out most times, but with Mom being 90 one is never sure how many more birthdays are on the cards,,, we did the big party at the Old Age Home this year… they were like kids all the old people… look forward to getting to that age as their inhibitions seem to be so much less and they enjoy themselves… it was wonderful…

  8. It’s great that you were still able to “celebrate” both birthdays even though the birthday girls are so far apart. Technology really is a wonderful thing

  9. I just love skype and FB for these reasons. I can catch up with everyone in a day! I don’t know how I lived without these things for so many years 😉

  10. Days like this are to be treasured forever. I understand the mixed feelings you have spending time with an aging parent. It’s never an easy path of life to navigate.

  11. It’s tough with the family so scattered, but thank goodness for Skype and the internet. Looks like everyone had great fun and those cakes look so very yummy.

    • Yes it is, Gunta, but we’re so grateful to be able to see everyone, even if it’s only virtually. The three little kiddiwinks are always excited to chat to us on Skype. It does our hearts so much good. 🙂

  12. I so agree … your mother still looks well, a beautiful photo of you three! Thanks to modern communications we are so fortunate to see and chat with our overseas family too, and what a great lot of pics they sent you … happy birthday to the girls!

  13. The smile on her face. The price for showing her love. That cake must be delicious. It looks like it’s gone in a matter of seconds. Ahihihi

  14. I’m echoing Jude I suppose when I say that your family get togethers always seem so loving and warm, Ad. She may be a shadow of herself but Mum still looks the part. And I love that Taylor didn’t ‘recognise’ the Sleeping Princess. 🙂

  15. My parents had to make do with regular blue airmail letter-grams and the odd bunch of photos when I lived in SA. Different times! Your family seem to be very close even with the distances involved, and enjoying their respective birthdays!

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