No matter what’s going on in my life, when February 16 pops up on my computer screen or date book I think of Grandma and Grandpa. It’s their birthday today. Grandma would be 104 and grandpa would be 106. I’m talking about Thomas Edwin “Ed” Rose and Lela Mae Scott Rose.
This was Easter Sunday and I was just a few weeks past my first birthday. Grandma was 43 and Grandpa was 45.
I love grandpa’s double-breasted suit. According to mom he was quite the dandy. As a construction worker he wore dungarees, similar to, but not quite jeans, and chambray or flannel work shirts; but on Sundays he was always in a suit and tie. I never thought of President Eisenhower as a trendsetter, but here in the midst of the “Eisenhower Years” that military-style jacket Grandma is wearing has to be influenced by the General. There’s something very practical about the waistband at the bottom of the jacket. In a military uniform it would keep the tail of your jacket out of the way of your sidearm. The matching shirt cuffs tie the look together. On the battlefield the flapped pockets protected military orders and maps, but here thy add an element of style. The jacket looks perfect with the slim a-line skirt. High-heeled pumps would look out of place with this suit, so grandma completes the look with fashionably updated oxfords.
And then there’s me, with my cute little dress coat over my Easter dress.
So Happy Birthday to my Grandma and Grandpa!