Today, one of my spouse's cousins called. She invited both of us to a birthday party. But, not just any birthday party.
I've blogged about her several times before, and I might just repeat one of my favorite posts about her later this month, in her honor.
We weren't able to see her for Christmas. We last visited her in September, when she was hospitalized due to an infection. She was on a pureed food diet, and somehow, they had managed to puree spaghetti and tomato sauce into something less than appealing. Needless to say, this outspoken centenarian of Italian descent was having none of it.
Hopefully, the food at her favorite restaurant (where her birthday will be celebrated) will be more to her liking.
She lives almost four hours by car from us, and we will hope the January weather is in her favor.
What is it like to be almost 104 years old? It seems, sometimes, that we don't value our senior citizens - until they reach 100. Then, suddenly, we are admiring them, and hanging on their every word. And, most of all, wondering what they did to reach that magic age because, after all, we may just want to live to 104, or beyond, ourselves.
My spouse's aunt is not a perfect person. No, far from it. But that actually seems to be the norm.
I wondered how many 104 year old people there are in the United States. The only answer I was able to find was approximately 10,000. I'm not sure how accurate that is.
But I can tell you this - although her body is frail, her mind is active, and she doesn't hestitate to share her opinion with others. Now, I hope we can travel, and help her celebrate. The last several years, her birthday party had to be postponed time and again, due to weather.
Do you have a centenarian in your life?