Today is my grandmother, Ann Pryor Rode's 105th birthday ~ or is it her 210th?
1964, I’m 10; I go up my grandmother’s house around the corner to see what’s up.
“I said, hi.”
“Where’s my Happy Birthday?”
“I wished you a happy birthday on the 23rd and made you a card, its right there on top of the TV.”
“Today is my birthday, too.”
Involuntarily, my head started shaking. I was used to my grandmother’s inquisitions but I didn’t understand this one.
When the lazy mid-wife filled out her Board of Health birth certificates the following Monday, July 30th, she used the same date, Saturday, July 28th, for all the babies she delivered that week ~ so, Nan had two birthdays, July 23rd & July 28th.
My great-grandfather, Antonino Cuccia, a fruit stern, and his wife Giovanna couldn't read or speak English so they never fixed the certificate, but they always celebrated Anna’s birthday twice.
She was the baby in the family and a spoiled brat. She told me.
Here is a story about her, “A Valentine for Nan,” that was published in Ducts Literary Journal.
Below are some pictures of Anna Cuccia, aka, Ann Pryor Rode.