My amazing Oma

It has been a year since the passing of my Oma ( grandma in German) Irene Larsen.  I thought I would share a little bit about how amazing she was.    My Oma was born into world war 1 in a small town in Germany homeless, she then met an American soldier (My grandpa) when she was older in the 50s and moved to South Pasadena they then had my dad and performed magic all over the U.S. Later in 1963 my grandma met a man named Bill Larsen who with his brother founded the Magic Castle and began to perform magic all over the world. 

My Grandma was a caring animal lover and would advocate for all animals involved in magic tricks such as rabbits that come out of hats and doves that reappear from a handkerchief.  Not only did she advocate for animals in magic to be treated humanely she also was an advocate for the environment and animals all around the world. She would dedicate her time and money to multiple organisations and social justice non-profits. I remember she told me that in the 60s she freed bunnies from the UCLA lab where animals were being tested! And would go out and protest all the time!  Not only did my Oma teach me to care and respect the mother earth we live on she would aways say “never say hate” which makes a lot of sense, what good does it do to hate someone or something, the only person who is getting affected by you hating this person is you because your putting all that energy and wasting all that time on something you don’t even like and just making yourself more upset and angry.  Instead of saying hate just say you dislike that person or don’t even let yourself get to them practicing this will make you feel better and maybe you’ll start to notice a shift in how you feel towards negative people.

Not only did my Oma teach me to care and respect the mother earth we live on she would aways say “never say hate” which makes a lot of sense, what good does it do to hate someone or something, the only person who is getting affected by you hating this person is you because your putting all that energy and wasting all that time on something you don’t even like and just making yourself more upset and angry.  Instead of saying hate just say you dislike that person or don’t even let yourself get to them practising this will make you feel better and maybe you’ll start to notice a shift in how you feel towards negative people.

 

I have learned a lot of wisdom from mein Oma she had pride in her German roots and would teach us to too. She was probably the funniest 79 year old ever, she would always make dirty jokes! My Oma taught me to always share, there will always be enough for everyone and to appreciate everything we have in this world. I’m lucky that I feel many of Oma’s traits such as kindness and environmental advocacy has been brought down to me. Every day I think of my Oma and appreciate how special and one of a kind my grandmother really was. Every person she met she would always leave a warm feeling in their hearts and will continue to do so forever.

 

Ich Liebe Dich Oma. Lovilu.

Posted by Lily Larsen

I am a 17-year-old​ activist/arts advocate and have been participating in marches, protests and petitions since I was 5 years old. I serve on Mayor Garcetti's Youth Council for South LA. And have generated a petition to ban factory farming in California with over 55,000 signatures. I organize community events and get teens like me connected with social justice issues and activism all over LA.

3 thoughts on “My amazing Oma”

  1. Oh my goodness. I was randomly searching for teen vintage photos for a project and came across this post. My heart jumped when I read “magic” in the 50’s but then I see your grandma was Irene Larsen! My grandfather was Leo Irby, escape artist. He and my family knew everyone there at the Magic Castle very well. My mom, who also passed away 2 years ago on March 19, 2017 (days part) … She told countless stories about the people there, as she spent much of her youth around them. I specifically remember talking about your grandma. She LOVED Irene. Oh how I wish I could have shared this article with her. Small, small world!

    1. Oh My Gosh! That is so Amazing! What a coiencedence you came across this article! It is so great to hear that your Family knew my grandmother! Your Mother sounds like an Amazing Woman! Such a small Magical world !

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