Looking at my Mom nobody would think she's that age. Luckily she's doesn't suffer from many of the usual old age maladies, she's very active, energetic, always stylish and very much ahead of her time.
|Photo taken last week by my Dad|
She started learning computers about 11 or 12 years ago and apart from some mishaps once in a while, she's become quite good at handling the computer, writing all her novels on it.
Her novels are set in Africa (Mozambique) where she moved to with her parents when she was 12 years old and where I was born, and where the family lived until 1974.
She's always writing something and has plans to publish many more books including children's books, but at her age is not having much success finding a publisher which leaves her a bit deflated.
|Mom's published books|
Together with my Dad, they are members of the University of the Third Age, where as well as frequenting some classes she also teaches Poetry.
A few years ago she set up a branch of the University of the Third Age in the town where she was born (Carregal do Sal) in the center of Portugal).
She retired when she moved from South Africa to Portugal, but much later joined my sister in setting up a company that ran condominiums - meetings, organizing maintenance of apartments, etc. She again retired from that when they sold the company about 7 years ago. It was then that she dedicated her "spare time" to finally writing the books she always wanted to write.
I think it's the fact that she keeps so busy and her mind is always on the go that has kept her young at heart.
She's thrilled to have 2 great-grandchildren, 6 grandchildren ranging from almost 35 to 18 years old and 3 daughters.
Unfortunately we're all dispersed and only one of my sister's lives near her, but thanks to modern technology we all keep in touch via Skype, Whatsapp, Messenger, Facebook, etc.
Today, my sister who lives in Portugal is also away in America visiting her daughter and grandson that just turned 2, but my Mom and Dad won't be alone on this special date, as my daughter and partner who live in Amsterdam will be in Portugal and my niece who lives in Angola is also flying in, as a surprise. So having 2 grandchildren present is not so bad.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!
|Mom as a 21 year old|
|Mom and Dad|
|Mom with the 3 daughters - Portugal, July 2017|
|Mom and Dad with 4 of the eldest grandchildren in 2007|
|Mom and Dad with my younger sister and the 2 youngest grandchildren in 2008|