December 23, 2010

this age

super-longevity runs in the b1 series. my great-grandmother lived to be
110. grant was president when she was born. she was 6 when the battle
of little bighorn occurred (and remembered the news about it). she was
the first woman to get a degree from the university of MO. she was 40
when the wright brothers flew their first airplane.

at her 75th wedding anniversary i asked her, "what's the best thing
about being so old?"

"technological advancement. i've seen the invention of the radio, the
TV, the airplane and men walking on the moon. it's thrilling!"

"what's the worst thing?"

"you see all your friends die ... and then you see all their children