Today my mother-in-law turns 90. I am telling you this because I want it on record that she is a remarkable woman.
She is funny, stubborn, sharp as a tack, kind, and some days has more energy than I do. She still drives a car - very competently too. She lives on her own, gardens, and gets on with things. I admire her a great deal.
The oldest of six children, she grew up on a substantial farm in Denmark. In the second world war she was a member of the Danish Resistance. She hid weapons in her flat in Copenhagen, and she transported them onwards when required. Let's just say she had several very close calls and we are lucky she is still around today.
In her 30s she moved to the UK to marry a British man she had met through her brother. She has been here ever since. My mother-in-law lives close to where we do and this means that the girls are growing up seeing her regularly. And in the process have developed great relationships with her. I love the fact that they will grow up to have strong memories of her.
I am lucky to have such a good mother-in-law. I am proud to know her.
And today I would like to wish her a very happy birthday indeed.