Welcome To The Ruby Girl’s Blog

Welcome to the Ruby Girl’s blog.

Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by for a visit. As a former newspaper writer turned free-lance columnist, I plan to use this space for heart-to-hearts about the everyday experiences of my life and the lives of others. Feel free to write back. I’d love to hear from you.

You, too, can be a Ruby Girl, if . . . . .
It’s a good thing I was born in July because I sure do love deep dark crimson red – especially in my jewelry. Or maybe it’s because July is my birth month that I’m so fond of my birthstone – the ruby, the king of gemstones. Marilyn Monroe sang, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” in the movie, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” Sure, I like diamonds, but I prefer rubies.

It’s funny how things pan out. My late mother was a July baby as is my sister. Somewhere in our youth or childhood, probably when we were dusting the dining room on a Saturday morning, Sis decided we three should be, “The Ruby Girls,” and that’s what we became.

One Ruby Girl left us when my mother died, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when one of my granddaughters was born in July. When she was old enough to understand, I asked her if she wanted to be a Ruby Girl. Boy, howdy! Did she ever! Turns out she’s the epitome of a Ruby Girl. Just like the color of crimson, she radiates warmth and love and vitality.

This granddaughter will be 12 in July. She lives 300 miles away and we e-mail several times a week. Here’s one of her latest Ruby Girl love letters to me – just as she wrote it:

hi grandma,
i wish my life were exiting like yours i would LOVE to come and see you very soon!… its funny how i keep saying i want to see you but i am not the one making decisions here its my parents what a drag not that they make bad choices but if i were them i would come to your house next week end (i would come this week end but we have to work on the deck). every time i email you or think of being with you i get filled with joy! it rained today… while mom and i were walking the dogs : … but it was only for about 30 seconds. i love you so much and i am so excited to see you (whenever that happens). i hope it is even greener than it is here where you are. you are a wonderful grandma! i love you again!

I hope this youngling will forever see me as a wonderful grandma

Until soon

5 Responses

  1. Jim Lindlauf AKA GFBison

    Welcome to the blogging world. Most of us have never made money with our words, but we write because we love to do it. You have been fortunate enough (and talented enough) to make a career out of writing, so welcome to “writing for fun!” I hope you enjoy it!

    When I read your story, I thought of a little girl named Ruby whom I had in Sunday School a few years ago. I don’t know if she was born in July, but she certainly fits your description of a “Ruby Girl.” Maybe it’s just having the name “Ruby?”

  2. Ruth mattson

    “Hi”..Ruby Girl,

    I loved your Ruby Girl story. You just know how to put everything in words.

    Your granddaughter’s message was also just super. I think she takes after her grandmother.

    Your BLOG is great so keep it up !!!! See you tonight !!


  3. Jyl (alias 'lil ruby girl's mom...)

    We love and miss ya’ll ever so. Good to see you pour out your words. Give big love to my bro. and Kat and family. I love that you are all together tonight.

  4. Johnnie Mae Deatherage

    You go “Ruby Girls”. I know you share such joy with your boys and now there families and wonderful grandchildren. You and Jim have been blessed. My love and best wishes to all. You look great in the card. Jim looks healthy, God takes care of us. I only have one nephew, married now and I have an adorable great nephew. Actually he is more like a grandchild. They live about three miles from me. They tell me I spoil him, but I say that is why I have him. Your card was great timing, I just told someone about Max and our trip out for Dean’s graduation. I can just tell the newest “Ruby Girl” will be a chip off Grandma…..

  5. patricia (hoffos) kraby

    I was just browsing the internet and while looking in the Minot newspaper I came across an article on a musical group that had played at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church West of Upham and since I grew up in Russell ND I searched on.
    I found your blog from your last name. Was your mother Lorraine Hall? I played basketball with her in the 1940’s at the Russell school. My parents were good friends of Lee and Freda Hall.
    Pat Kraby
    Goodyear AZ

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