WeÂ all had a wonderful timeÂ at my mother Hilda Bagstad’s 90th birthday party.Â Her actual birthday was in May.Â We decided to celebrate with a party Sunday.
A ton of relatives showed up, some from quite a ways away.Â Then there were her neighbors and friends–lots of them.
At 90, mom is healthy, she lives independently, still drives her car and just a couple of years ago gave up mowing her own lawn.Â And she has a pretty big lawn, too.
About a month ago she decided it was time to re-do her kitchen.Â So, she did.
She took great prideÂ in being the oldest member of a tour to Scandinavia a few years.
At 90, she remains interested in what’s going on in the world, reading the paper and watching television news.
In her life she has lost a lot of family andÂ friends, of course.Â Anyone who reaches her age would have.
Without ever forgetting about them, I think she is most interested nowÂ in making new friends.Â I hope to be the same at her age.
Security for the party was provided by friend, neighbor and North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year Kyle Stern.Â (Thanks to Floyd Dullum for the pix.Â More to come.)