Click to see a close-up of Annie's face. It underwent some remodelling by Erna, who also made her a new outfit and added some "memories" to her blue velvet memory cloak. The pearls Linda sewed along the hem represent the tears she has shed throughout her life - not all sad ones, but all precious. Her new shoes were modelled of papier-mache. On June 28, 2004, Grannie Annie turned 95. She looks all ready for her party in a picture you may
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Antoinette modified her rocking chair so that Jan, her new gentleman friend at the old age home, could take her for walks when her arthritis is bad.
Linda made Annie, her rocking chair, and her blue velvet cloak. As she sits and rocks at the window in the Old Age Home, her "invisible" cloak of memories warms her heart. Seven beaded flowers are her garden of children: the seven she brought into the world, to whom she devoted her life. She has mementos to remind her of wonderful moments in her life. She keeps them in her wooden jewelry box. Tilla crowned her with a head of grey hair, clothed her in pink, made her a quilt, gave her knitting to do and a pet monkey for company.  Ada, in the background, is not nearly so serene.
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Annie
the Granny who remembers
Linda made Annie, her rocking chair, and her blue velvet cloak. As she sits and rocks at the window in the Old Age Home, her "invisible" cloak of memories warms her heart. Seven beaded flowers are her garden of children: the seven she brought into the world, to whom she devoted her life. She has mementos to remind her of wonderful moments in her life. She keeps them in her wooden jewelry box. Tilla crowned her with a head of grey hair, clothed her in pink, made her a quilt, gave her knitting to do and a pet monkey for company.  Ada, in the background, is not nearly so serene.
Cute shoes! Modelled of papier-mache
"Invisible" Memory Cloak keeps her warm
Erna embroidered the names of Annie's seven children onto her quilt. Gerald, in the central, smallest block, was Annie's youngest son - and the centre of her life. He was the only one who gave her any real heartaches, possibly because she spoilt him. Gerald died a few years ago. Losing a child, she finds, is the hardest thing with which to come to terms.
Antoinette modified her rocking chair so that Jan, her new gentleman friend at the old age home, could take her for walks when her arthritis is bad.
Click to see a close-up of Annie's face. It underwent some remodelling by Erna, who also made her a new outfit and added some "memories" to her blue velvet memory cloak. The pearls Linda sewed along the hem represent the tears she has shed throughout her life - not all sad ones, but all precious. Her new shoes were modelled of papier-mache. On June 28, 2004, Grannie Annie turned 95. She looks all ready for her party in a picture you may
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to see.
Oom Jan r-r-r-r-e-v-v-ing up....
Let's hope he is a safe driver - or does it matter when you're 95?
Since her 95th birthday, Annie's life has turned for the better -
that meeting with Oom Jan at the Old Age Home has given her a new lease on life!
There's a for sale sign on her wheelchair as she and her new hero head for the sunset ... with a R-R-Roar!
Linda, Annie's mom, teaches computer skills
Hester brought Oom Jan to life - complete with motorbike!
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Parting message from dearest Granny Annie...