Sunday, February 10, 2013

An extraordinary woman: my grandmother

 Yvonne "Bonnie" Bost Pickett, a.k.a. Grandma, in her living room, Bozeman Mont., Dec. 25, 2012.

Warning: this post contains extensive amounts of bragging. I hope you don't mind.

My grandmother, Bonnie (Bost) Pickett, is 97. Which, to me, is in itself kind of amazing.

Right around Thanksgiving last year, with the help of her son and daughter, she published a memoir about her time in Honolulu during World War II. Grandma's adventurous spirit brought her to Hawaii in April of 1941, where she was working as a Queen's Hospital nurse when Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941. She continued to work in Hawaii until 1945, when she received an engagement ring in the mail from my grandfather, a doctor with the Army Air Corps in the European theater.

Frank Pickett and Bonnie Bost were married on June 8, 1945, moved to Montana, raised three children, and the rest is history.

The cover of "Our War: My Life as a Nurse in Hawaii 1941-45" is graced by a stunning portrait of Bonnie in her nurse's uniform, back in the day. There are tons of cool historical photos inside, too.

Most authors have at least one book signing--Grandma is no exception. Here she is with my Aunt Mary Pickett, inscribing books that she'll give as gifts to her many fans. Aunt Mary, a journalist at the Billings (Mont.) Gazette, edited the book. (See everyone? I come by my chosen career path honestly, inspired by world travelers and journalists on all sides.)

I can't wait to see what else you've got up your sleeve. Love you, Grandma!


Taneka Carl said...

Your Grandma is so gorgeous in her younger days, Holly! She's indeed an extraordinary woman for having published her own memoir. She still looks strong at 97 too. Take care of her, make sure she gets all the right health and emotional attention she needs. =)

Taneka Carl

Clyde Parlier said...

I agree with Taneka. Your grandma is such an amazing woman! I can even see happiness and contentment written on her face, which only means that she's being well-taken cared of.


Deirdre said...

Hello!! Is this book available for purchase?