by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
This week my husband's family is celebrating a remarkable event: his mother's 100th birthday.
Holy cow! How does one live that long? What is her secret? In her day, Mary drank gallons of beer. She ate tons of butter. Somehow she managed to outlive 4 of her 5 siblings. (Only the baby of the family is left alive.)
She lived on her own until the age of 96. That's when we brought her from Buffalo to Rochester. She lived in assisted living for another three years before a health crisis forced her to move to a nursing home earlier this year. Still, she's very sharp for her age. She reads the daily newspaper and talks about current events. She loves to play Bingo and Uno (and win).
So, Happy Birthday, Mary -- and I hope you celebrate many more.
Have you ever had a family member make it to 100 or beyond?