September 9th would have been my auntie’s 103rd birthday. This is the first time we celebrated her birthday without her.
Dorothy was the most amazing woman. She taught 6th grade for 40 years in the Great Neck School District on Long Island, and still got birthday and Christmas cards from students. She and her sister travelled to every continent, except Antarctica. That was not by their choice, but at the time, only scientific teams were allowed. Her favorite trip was their trip to the Amazon. She said that she was disappointed that they had to cut their trip short, but it was time to go back home to get ready for the school year. They only made it half-way before they had to turn back.
Generous, principled, full of conviction, liked a bit of scotch now and then, made great empanadas and Apple Dapple cake, generous, faithful, loving, strong beyond belief (survived a fall head-first down the stairs in Edinborough Castle in Ireland), kind, dedicated, intelligent, passionate about kids and learning, an amazing teacher.
Think about what she saw in her lifetime: men on the moon, an email account, penicillin, cell phones, polio vaccine, microwaves, digital cameras, iPods and iPads, cars and freeways, the Concorde, Elvis, the Beatles, Woodstock, Civil Rights Act, women voting, Title IX, the air raids in London, 4 generations of our family gathered in one place, rock ‘n roll, her photograph displayed in an exhibit in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC…
Happy Birthday, Dode.