Friday, November 25, 2005

It's a Family Affair


Today my family and I drove to the Allentown area to see some family. My sister and husband went just a bit further to pick our our Great Aunt. She's 101 years old. Just last year we had a party for her 100th birthday. She still cooks and goes to church every Sunday. She just had her first cataract surgery and was just at the dentist...no cavities...still her teeth! I can see a big difference in her mentally since last year. She asked several times what our names were, but it could have just been a bad day. She's the dearest woman, but has shown me that living to a ripe old age ain't what it's cracked up to be. She's lost her husband, her two daughters, and her nieces and nephews. I don't like her living arrangements nor how she's treated by family that lives with her. But, it's the only home she has known, there's no going anywhere else. But at least for today, she got out of the house and was able to visit with us and my other aunt. She lives in Bethlehem, PA, home of Moravian College, Bethlehem Musikfest, Bethlehem Steel and is the place to visit during the holidays!

My aunt lives with my cousin in Bethlehem. She recently broke her hip from falling off a ladder that no 86 year old should be on.

Anyway, it was a good day, always good to see family.

4 comments:

InterstellarLass said...

Wow! 101 years old! That's pretty amazing. And 86 and on a ladder? Sounds like my family. My great-grandpa fell off the roof when he was 80-something. Trying to repair a shingle. Thursday night my grandpa fell just as everyone was leaving my house. Got a nice cut across his forehead, bruised his nose, broke his glasses and chipped a tooth. They glued him back together at the ER. He looks like he's been a couple of rounds now though! I prefer to go out in a blaze of glory rather than 'ripen' and then fade away.

MarkD60 said...

I'm 45 and think I feel my brain slipping already.
I plan on living forever though, so far, so good!

Coyote Mike said...

Personally, I'm looking forward to my senility. So are all the people who know me. Some seem to think they won't be able to tell the difference.

SnotSucker said...

I was going to post something here.....but I forgot already!
Oh yeah, Bethlehem??? And you didn't stop by to say hello!? :(