S: ANNA FLORENCE
BC: To ANNA With Love From NANA
FC: ANNA | FLORENCE
1: This is my Mom. Her name was Florence, and your Mom and Dad named you after her. She would feel so proud to have such a special girl named after her. | My Mom was very special too. She would have loved knowing you. You could have done art projects together. You both love that. My Mom decorated the prettiest packages I ever saw. She loved adding fancy things just like you do.
2: My Mom loved to do so many things. She loved music. She played the piano. She loved to sing. She passed on her love of music to my brother, Dave, and my sister, Di, and I. | But her favorite thing to do was read. She read more books than anyone I ever knew. When I was little, she even read while she was vacuuming and washing dishes. I hope you love reading as much as she did. | What will you love besides dancing?
3: My Mom loved to play games, too. She like to play croquet at the cabin, or bocce ball. | She was great at word games like Boggle, and always had her crossword book, like she does here. She was so good at that. | I'm glad you like games, too.
4: My Mom always had lots of friends. She made one friend, Lois, when she was just a little older than you and they were friends for the whole rest of their lives. Do you think that you will have a friend for 80 years? | MOM & LOIS | LOIS DAD MOM
5: You are learning to be a great swimmer. You love the water. My Mom never could learn how to swim. She even took lessons as a grown-up, but could never do it. | Another thing she had trouble with is driving. I got my license before she did. When I was little and my Dad wasn't home we took the streetcar or bus when we needed to go away from home.
6: Mom's sister Katie | My Grandma Amelia, My Mom's Mom | FLORENCE My Mom | VINE CHURCH | MY MOM | MY MOM GETTING ME DRESSED UP FOR CHURCH | My Mom was blessed like you are to hear about God and Jesus for her whole life. Her Mom told her Bible stories and took her to Vine church right across the street from her house. My Mom told me about Jesus and was my Sunday School teacher. I went to Vine church, like my Mom, until I was in the fifth grade. We always had to dress up in our best clothes for church. We even wore gloves.
7: Your Mom and Dad want all of you to know Jesus and take you to church, too.
8: My Mom was funny. She liked to laugh. This is one of my favorite pictures of her. She is teasing about having as big a tummy as your Mom and Nicky when they are pregnant. | You are funny, too. You like to make people laugh, and you like to laugh and be silly with family and friends.
9: When she was little her life was very different from yours in a lot of ways. When you were born you were a nice big baby. My mom was so little she could fit into a “cigar box”. Ask your mom or dad to show you how little that is. | It is probably hard for you to even think about but when she was little there were no computers, no TV, no WIIs, no nintendos, no cell phones. They didn't even have Kleenex, or Scotch tape, or Elmer's glue bottles. There was no TARGET. There were no big groceries like Rainbow-– just little stores on the corner. Great PaPa's dad had a little grocery store on the corner across the street from my mom's house where they bought food. | This is me and my mom when I was a baby.
10: Think about how fun and exciting it was for you to get on the bus the first day and start Kindergarten.
11: When it was time for my Mom to go to kindergarten she had to get on a train all by herself and ride to the town where her grandparents lived. Then she had to stay at their house all week while she went to school. She took the train back to her house on the weekend. She had to do that for both Kindergarten and 1st grade. | My Grandpa, Lawrence Reeve | My Grandpa, my Mom's Dad, drove a railroad train for his work.
12: Think of how many pictures there already are of you.
13: The whole time my Mom was growing up she only had ONE picture of herself.! | My Grandpa, Lawrence Reeve
14: My Mom loved seeing your mom and the other grandkids dress-up as much as I love seeing you and the other grandkids dress-up.
15: I hope that you work to be as kind a person as my Mom was. She was interested in everyone. She asked people about themselves and their lives. She never said mean things to people or even about them. She taught us to treat people well no matter how much the same or how different they were. It is a wonderful way to try to be. | Mom's Mom & Dad Brothers Al & Bud Sister Katie & Mom
16: My Mom loved to be with your Mom. She always helped celebrate your Mom's special events.
17: Just like your Mom is to you. | My Mom was a great Mom to me.
18: My Mom and Dad had such a great marriage. My Mom left us a note when she died. One of the things it said was May all your families work out as well as Paul and mine. A long happy marriage is what I wish for all of you. Even though you are a long, long way from making your own family, my Mom would still be wishing that for you, Anna.
19: ANNA FLORENCE WINTER we are blessed that you are in our family. | And we were blessed that my Mom, FLORENCE, was in our family, too.
20: My Mom, Florence Catherine Reeve Ness, was born December 18, 1918 and died May 10, 2005 of complications of open heart surgery to fix a bad valve. I still miss her. I wish you could have known each other.