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Remembering Rosie

I was reminiscing the other day about my oldest sister Rosella Mae – Rosie is what we called her and as far I know everyone else did as well. It was her birthday, and I was rummaging through some drawers looking for a picture of her. She died way too young.

She was quite a bit older than I was so she was more like a “visiting aunt” that came to visit from time to time. She brought presents, a big smile, and huge hugs for everyone. I remember when I was 4 or 5 years old standing with my parents on the platform at our train station waving goodbye to Rosie as the train took my big sister off to school. She was studying to be a nurse.

As part of her training, she got to travel to “far away” and exotic places like Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and then she moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! For a little kid growing up on a farm outside a small town in Northwest Iowa, Philadelphia seemed like the other side of the world and possibly the most exotic place there could be.

She had her own apartment, her own car, and a goofy little dog called Poopsie. One of those funny looking bug eyed little bundles that was just another member of the family. One of the first cars she owned was a Studebaker. She may have been the only one that owned one of those things, but I sure thought it was cool and she did too.

My oldest sister Rosie is gone now, but I love her still, and her memory is always with me. From left to right, this picture is of Rosie, me, my sister Lu Anne, and our mother Gladys sitting there in the front.

Happy Birthday Sam!

Happy birthday big guy! Wow! Eight years old and look’n good!

Have a super duper day Buddy. Sorry we couldn’t join you for your birthday this year, but have a great time at your bowling party. Knock down some of those pins for me – Ok?

Can’t wait to see you next weekend!

Love you, Sam and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Grandpa Johnson