Celebrating “Oma”!

in WEEKEND EXPERIENCES2 months ago (edited)

This weekend is all about family. To be more specific today is a special day for the family - it is my mother-in-law’s 84th birthday. She is the matriarch of the family. She was the oldest of 9 children - there are 5 children including her remaining. She is loved and cherished and the whole family is very proud of her.

The celebrations for her wonderful life started yesterday afternoon. Friends and family dropped by her home for a slice or 2 of “vlaai” and coffee or tea. Vlaai is a traditional pie from the province of Limburg - in the south of the Netherlands. There are many varieties. of vlaai - so everyone can choose their favourite. I hope you get an idea from these almost empty plates.

The visits from friends and family were spread over several hours. As a result, it was not one large party and therefore not too busy for my mother-in-law. There was a time slot to suit every agenda and she had a chance to spend time with everyone.

My family and I drove to the south of the country. We were the last to arrive in the evening. My children could then spend quality time with first cousins and their Oma (Dutch for grandmother). We stayed overnight. It was nice to observe the teenagers interacting with their grandmother and asking questions.

I saw a corner with present; flowers, plants, books, perfumes, lotions etc. However, this was my favorite bouquet.

After the vlaai, no one was hungry but a charcuterie board was served for anyone still wanting something to nibble on.

Not a sharp foto - it was a busy time 😀

Soon it was midnight, the grandchildren sang the most popular Dutch birthday song for their grandmother.

Lang zal ze leven, lang zal ze leven, lang zal ze leven in de Gloria, In de Gloria, In de Gloria.
Hip, hip, hip, hoera! Hip, hip, hip, hoera!. Hip, hip, hip, hoera! .”

*English translation *

Long shall she live, Long shall she live, Long shall she live in the gloria, In the gloria, In the gloria.
Hip, hip, hip, Hooray, Hip, hip, hip, Hooray,Hip, hip, hip, Hooray.

If you are ever at a Dutch birthday celebration, be sure to tell the celebrant - Gefeliciteerd or Congratulations. Interestingly, in the Dutch tradition, not only the person celebrating is congratulated but all loved ones as well; that is because they nurtured the celebrant thus causing him/her to have a long life.

After all the kisses and hugs, we had a lovely sleep. This morning, we started the day to the sound of a rooster crowing - yes - we are in a village. We set the table for a celebratory breakfast. There was something on the table for everyone’s tastebuds.

Breakfast with my mother-in-law always feels like a celebration though; as we do not visit often since the start of the pandemic-every meeting matters. Sitting down to a nice long breakfast is one of the joys of the weekend. It is a time to enjoy-there is no haste.

With this view of the backyard ,

our conversations were as pleasant as the setting.
The children continued their vibrant conversations - with their grandmother as the center of attention. They love to hear about the old days. When my son asked her how she felt at 84, she answered,
“How I look might match my age - but I do not feel like that.”

That was good news. Thankfully, my mother-in-law is in good health and is always cheerful and active. She lives alone and is very independent, driving her car and attending to her activities, such as yoga and sculpting.

Sculptures made by my mother-in-law

On a wall by the dining table are 2 well-known bird drawings.

One read “ Life is short ….and then you die”.
It might seem morbid but it is factual. For me, it is a reminder to enjoy and not waste too much time because time is life. Hoping to have a fruitful and happy life just like my mother-in-law.

Hope you are having an amazing Sunday!!

All photo photos are taken by me with my iPhone 6S


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Wow! I !love such a warm culture treasuring family, especially the aged. I could not believe that at 84, your grandma can still drive her car and remain active. A blessing indeed!

Yes she drives her car and another thing she only got her licence at 61 when my father-in-law passed away.

Thanks for the tips.

Really? I thought it was already too late for me at 55. 😄

That is rare!

Oh no - not to late.

I misread. So she's your mother-in-law. Perhaps, my brain failed me when I saw her age.

Yes my mother-in-law - my kids grandmother.

She's a strong woman. My Mom is turning 70 this August 12 but she's not as strong as your mother-in-law.

Yes she is indeed - we are very happy that she is strong and healthy.
All the best wishes for your mom's upcoming birthday.

Thanks! Blessings too to you and your family! 😄

Wow, this is quite spectacular, your mother in law is quite a talented soul, she made those sculptures that is beautiful, 84 is quite a good one, I wish her many more years on earth in good health and longitivity of life, I pray she grow older and toothless ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANNY ❤️❤️❤️❤️🎀🎀🎀💥

I can see it was a food festival out there momo I am coming over to have my share, lolz enjoy yourself 💥🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃I am coming wait for me🏃🏃☺️☺️

I see you running - many thanks @quduus1 - she is loved and I thinks that empowers her. Yes she is talented - she picked up fast and is doing wll.

Wow, congratulations big madam✅✅❤️❤️❤️

Aha, Dutch traditions, I was wondering already why that bread and cheese looked so familiar :) But that makes sense hehe.

Happy belated bday for the mother in law, seems like a great day!


Yes indeed - I am in your home country. Thanks for the greetings - it was a lovely celebration indeed.

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That looks like a well equipped feast! Great to hear of your happy family celebrations.

Thank you - yes it was a happy celebration.

WOW, that's some lovely celebrations right there. Again Happy birthday to her <3 Kids always share some great bong with their grandparents. I used to love my grandmother too she was so sweet :)

Thank you @xawi. We had a nice time. My kids also adore their grandmother. It is great when the sentiments are mutual. Can you imagine if a grandmother is miserable and unfriendly?

Wow I don't want to imagine because grandmother is another name of love

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That is so true @xawi -we knos they exist but we do not need to think about it.

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