Sunday, September 13, 2009

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to my sister Erin!

Today is also the birthday of Edina, a lady who lives in our apartment complex and attends our congregation. She's 102 today. She's one of those people who makes getting old seem completely doable - she's still independent and able to drive, she goes dancing, she's sharp mentally. She jokes that she robbed the cradle when she married her current husband - he's her fourth or fifth (she was widowed each time, no divorces) and still in his 90s.

Funny story about her - she was single when we lived here before going to Thailand, then when we moved back I noticed she was always with this guy. So I asked a friend for the scoop. Apparently they met, dated, and got married in very short order (like a few months). When they announced their engagement, their children (who are all in their 60s and 70s) expressed some concern over the rushed timeline. Edina's response? "We don't have time to waste!"

And really, at that age, if you like being around him, what's the big deal? It's not like you need to worry about his ability to provide, or his parenting philosophy, or how great the chemistry is. If he's good company and does his share of the dishes, you're good.

So happy birthday to Edina too!

1 comment:

Ariana said...

That's awesome! It's interesting how people's perspectives change when they get really old. One really interesting book I read awhile back -- "If I Live to be 100" by Neenah Ellis. You might like it.