Happy Birthday!


   Well, we had a milestone birthday celebration on Saturday. My Mother, Muriel Lamppert, turned 90 years old. My Sister came in from Maryland just before the big snow and set up an open house at Mom’s home in Chagrin. It wasn’t a surprise, Mom knew we were inviting people over, but she sure was surprised when more than twenty folks showed up including some that she has known for about 60 years.

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   She received many cards and a few small gifts, but the best surprise was a framed certificate honoring her many years of service at the Chagrin Falls Recreation Center. There was great food and drink available and a good time was had by all. With all the friends who kept trooping in the front door it was a little reminiscent of the final scene of “It’s a Wonderful life”. I set up some video transfers of my Grandfathers old home movies and we all enjoyed seeing her as a young woman graduating from school and summering at their cottage on Cape Cod. There were also some pictures of her young adult life after she moved to Cleveland in the 1950’s and lived in a single person’s co-operative apartment called “Elmhurst” on the west side.

   It was great to help put on this open house for Mom as she has always supported the things I have done in my life, including some of the sillier ones, like wanting to run an Old Hardware Store…