A grandmother is like an angel, who takes you under her wing. She prays and watches over you and she’d give you anything.
I met an older woman yesterday who reminded me of what we can be like twenty years in the future.
We were outside of the Katella Deli, waiting for a table for seven to have lunch. As we were sitting outside, an older lady (she was probably 80) sat at an outside patio table next to us and started chatting (and chatting) about her day. She was meeting three other women there–who she had never met! They were going to have lunch and head to the Performing Arts Center for a concert called “300 Voices.” She had driven there herself and was waiting for her lunch companions. She told me that one of the women would be wearing beige, so the group would be easy to spot. She also told me that she was going to Oregon later this week to visit her daughter and watch the solar eclipse. Her daughter had sent her some printed material to read about the eclipse because she doesn’t have a computer and “it was so interesting, I read it twice!” Her three friends showed up exactly on time and they were seated at their table before we were.
When we were finally seated after waiting almost an hour, we had a very nice lunch with lots of deli food (potato pancakes, pastrami, chopped liver, beef and mushroom barley soup!) and a salad (boo hiss!). Jake (the greatest-girl-on-earth’s boyfriend) told us about his 96-year old grandmother, who they had just visited in Florida for her birthday. Jean picked up Jake and Marissa at the airport, insisted that she pay for lunch, played a few serious games of bingo (no phones allowed!) and Rummi-Kub. Jean runs the small coffee shop in her retirement community and seems to be as independent as a woman half her age.
After hearing about Jean and meeting the theater-and-eclipse-loving grandmother, I got to thinking about being as active and spry as they are. I’m not sure I could do half of what these women do. Can you?