I showed this picture to friends, and they immediately asked, "Is she German?"
Yes, with a work ethic that could kill an ox.
The story told about her this Thanksgiving came from my grandfather. He said at the time they met -- just 17 -- as the oldest of 5, she could cook a three course meal and all the pies. I said she could probably do that by the age of 12. She didn't disagree.
She never could stop working that hard.
And people wonder where I get my drive to work. Hers was relentless. I like to think that my generation adds the element of joy to balance our lives for the better.