Sis­ters con­tinue birth­day tra­di­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

For more than 30 years, two sis­ters have shared a spe­cial birth­day tra­di­tion.

On April 30, Hilda Jack­son cel­e­brated her 76th Birth­day, and her sis­ter Ella Beck gave her a card. This is the same card that, on April 2, Beck re­ceived for her 83rd birth­day.

In fact, the very same card has changed hands for more than three decades.

The tra­di­tion started inno- cently enough on April 2, 1986, when Jack­son sent the card to her sis­ter. A few weeks later it landed back in Jack­son’s mailbox. It was sur­pris­ing for her to re­ceive the same card, but the very next year she sent it back to her sis­ter.

Back then Jack­son was liv­ing in Rocky Moun­tain House and Beck was in the Hand Hills. Today both are in Drumheller and the tra­di­tion con­tin­ues. Orig­i­nally it was a mu­si­cal card, and each year they record a new birth­day greet­ing. Over the years the card has grown and pages have been added.

The two sis­ters got to­gether on Tues­day, May 1 to cel­e­brate Hilda’s birth­day at the Diana Res­tau­rant.

Through the years and through many moves, the card has not been lost and has re­mained in­tact.

Be­cause their birth­days are so close to­gether, Jack­son jokes, “She (Ella) only has to hold on to the card for a month, I have to care for it for the rest of the year.”

Sis­ters Ella Beck and Hilda Jack­son have shared the same birth­day card since 1986.

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