A Hundred Years and Nine Days

Frances at 100.2

This is our friend, Frances. She lived alone in a nearby house until about a year ago. She is nearly blind – can see shadows a bit – but reveled in visitors. She and Gary would have about an hour of conversation on weighty matters just about every day. She is now in a care home in downtown Sierra Vista, so it is still possible to visit with her, although not so often.

He is able to visit about once a week, and reads to her out of the current week’s edition of “New Scientist”. Her mind is still very sharp, and, not being able to read on her own, she thirsts for knowledge in many areas, science being one of her favorites.

Her birth day was July 16th, 1914, so last week she turned one hundred years old. Gary had been working on her birthday card (above) before he went into the hospital; as it turned out, he was still in there when the actual day rolled around. But Thursday he finished off the mounting of one of his favorite photographs onto foam core board, and yesterday he paid her the weekly visit. Her room was full of flowers and balloons proclaiming her amazing achievement of reaching one hundred years of age!

We wish you many more years, Frances! ;-> Don’t you just love that infectious smile of hers?

The photo on the card was taken in April of 2010 at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in New Mexico, when we were spending some extended time there. It is almost impossible to see in this rendition, but there is a tiny sailboat smack dab in the middle of the lake. The owner of this boat was parked near to us, and almost every day he took that boat down and sailed around the lake. Gary kept an eye on this, and formulated his plan to take his camera and tripod down to the lake shore to capture a photograph.

This turned out to be more difficult than he had planned for, but he persevered, taking about six shots to make them into the panorama that you see. This has been one of his favorite pictures, and he has spent time off and on during the ensuing years working to improve it.

The quote on the picture is from Isaac Newton, and says:

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/i/isaac_newton.html#Hzrr8d7aaiEFv6si.99


About judilyn

RV'er, foody, caregiver, knowledge seeker
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36 Responses to A Hundred Years and Nine Days

  1. Jan says:

    You are fortunate to have her to celebrate that time. My mom would have been 100 on July 3, yes 1914, too. She passed on July 7, 1988 and I still miss her.


  2. Dale says:

    What a beautiful moment! Gary did an outstanding job on her card. Thank you, Judie, for sharing this with us.


  3. dreamjosie says:

    How sweet that Gary still visits, and sweeter still all the time and effort he put into her special card.


  4. gypsy97 says:

    Frances would look terrific if you said she was in her 90’s or even 80’s! The card is super, and thanks to Gary for the effort he put into it.


  5. Clanmother says:

    A life well lived is the best way to celebrate the time that has been given. Happy Birthday, Frances.


  6. Sherry says:

    Your friend Frances reminds me of my friend Louise whom I visited every week. She was a hoot and quite a talker. It was a huge loss when she died in 2005 at the age of 96. Happy Birthday Frances. Beautiful card Gary made for her.


  7. Bev Parks says:

    Wonderful story! She looks quite chipper for a 100-year-old.


  8. LFFL says:

    ALRIGHT FOR 100!!!


  9. LFFL says:

    I love it! How adorable is she!


  10. Andrea says:

    very sweet…


  11. You guys are such good neighbors! 🙂


  12. Sharon says:

    Happy Birthday, Frances! And the card is so special!


  13. Traci says:

    Frances is lucky to have such good friends visiting her. I know it makes her day 🙂


  14. Liz says:

    She doesn’t look 100 at all. That’s a beautiful card. My best wishes to her. It’s amazing how she still yearns for scientific knowledge!


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