My grandma just turned 95 this summer. My family all lives in the Northwest and we threw a big bash for her with friends and family from near and far. I have always thought NOBODY could hold a candle to my grandma’s ‘coolness' but this granny is right on her heels.
Meet Gladys, or Grams as Shannon Weikle calls her. She just turned 98-years-old. WOW! This hipper-than-hip, fire-cracker of a grandma surprised her friends and family at her birthday bash with her bright blue hair. Every year, Gladys’ family gets together and does something special to celebrate this family’s matriarch. This year Shannon pulled out all the stops and planned an over-the-top photo shoot to remember the big day. Shannon hired her good friend, Cara Lynn McGilvrey, to capture these memorable moments.
“[Gladys] is exactly who I want to be when I grow up,” photographer Cara Lynn said. “We should all aspire to be more like Gladys: young at heart!” When asked what she thought of hitting this milestone Gladys said, “I don’t think much about it at all. It’s a little shocking, I guess. It’s just another birthday, and I’ve had quite a few!”
She has hinted that for her 100th birthday bash she would like to skydive - proving she is one fearless granny. I hope to one day be as hip as this 98-year-old. “I think to get through life you just have to be easy,” Gladys said. “Enjoy it! You’re not going to get a second one.”