My Aunt Hazel 1952
I think she looks like a movie star in this photo!
January 14th was my Mom and her twin sister's birthday. Mom passed away in 1998, but Aunt Hazel is still going strong at age 87. She lives alone in her own apartment, takes the Senior's bus 2 or 3 times a week to go shopping, does all her own cleaning and cooking, etc., loves to read true crime novels and watches CNN and HLN religiously. Her only complaint - her right knee has been giving her a lot of pain, so she's considering knee replacement surgery.
Aunt Hazel January 16, 2012
Aunt Hazel has been through a lot in her 87 years; divorce, the death of her eldest son, the passing of her parents, several of her beloved brothers and her twin sister. I called her on her birthday and we talked for over two hours! I asked what life advice she'd give and she said "just know that everything has a way of working out and don't dwell on the past. Life changes, and you have to learn to change with it." Then she said her son had called and also asked her what she attributed her longevity to; she told him "taking things one day at a time...and kindness." I said, "really? Kindness?" She answered, "well, yes...just being kind to everyone and not getting upset over every little thing. I think kindness goes a long way." I thought this was well worth sharing.
Outside her apartment January 16, 2012
To say I admire this woman is an understatement! I hope I inherit her genes, strength and wisdom!
Until next time,
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