Monday, November 3, 2008

Amazing Grace

This is my 300th post on my blog. YOWZA! That's a whole lotta writing about a whole lotta nothing! But how fun it is for me- and it's just icing on the cake that other's actually READ it!

And speaking of icing on the cake...This weekend I went to my friend's 40th birthday party. I asked her how she felt, and she said she felt great- not really any different than the day before, back when she was in her 30s. I looked at her very closely to see if I saw more wrinkles, or gray hair. Nope! She looked just the same. Only better, because she was especially happy at this fun party of hers!

I saw my husband talking to an older woman across the room. Eventually, he yelled over to me, "Kerri! This is Heather's grandmother, Grace!" Then he came over to me and asked me to guess her age. I guessed 80-something. Someone else near me guessed upper 70s. NOPE! She's 99. Ninety-nine. 99, are you outta your mind?!?!

My great-grandmother, Bobba, lived to be a few years over 100. But since I was a kid when I knew her, she just seemed really, really old for years, and years, and years. Other than her, I don't think I've seen many people near the century mark. So I went a little closer to Grace to get a good look.

Once I got closer to where Grace was sitting, she immediately started talking to me. And telling me stories. And I spent the rest of the night listening to her. She's lived thru wars, the Great depression when she lost her home among other things, and she's seen a lot of friends and family come and go thru the years. I asked her what her secret to a long life was and she told me there isn't a secret...that she doesn't keep secrets. So maybe THAT is the secret! I will tell you, Grace seemed like a joyous lady, and I have a feeling that's a big reason for her longevity.

Heather had a 3 piece New Orleans styled band playing at her party. Grace danced in her chair every now and then when something caught her ear. She eventually got up and danced with Heather. Now THAT is a great party!

At the top of this post if a picture of Fermin, and the amazing Grace!

1 comment:

Christina said...

Yes, our Grandmother Grace (or G.G. for short!) is a very special person! She is very charming and dignified and is absolutely full of life even at her young age of 99! She can run with the best of them and even keep up most of the time. Congratulations to Heather on her big "4-0" birthday!!! I wish we could've been there to celebrate with her.

-Christina (Heather's cousin in Tacoma)