One Hundred One

My daughter met him when he was still only 99- her boyfriend’s great-grandfather. He told his grandson, “She’s pretty. You should keep her.”

I met him briefly after he had turned 100. He was sitting in his chair with the newspaper. He joked about checking the obituaries to make sure he wasn’t in one. And he talked about being on the way to 101.

He made it to 101 last month.

Sunday morning he passed away quietly, in his sleep.

I knew such a tiny slice of his life. But I won’t forget him.

Do you know someone who is 100?

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6 Responses to One Hundred One

  1. Pat says:

    That’s pretty great! My father-in-law is working on it! He is 91, says he is working on 92. He is pretty amazing. He still drives, talks about investments and history of our town.

  2. Ellen says:

    Love the attitude he shared with you and your daughter – must be a part of his secret! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  3. Alice Nine says:

    Really like the way you told your slice. After a few flowing sentences, the terse sentences written a line at a time create a great contrast with the subject — the longevity of a well-lived life.

  4. arjeha says:

    How wonderful that this person and you crossed paths, if even briefly.

  5. Leigh Anne says:

    What a wonderful tribute to who I am sure was a wonderful man. Perfectly written.

  6. My only uncle is 95 but just this week has been hospitalized with serious heart ailments. It may come that passing quietly in his sleep becomes a blessing. But what a life he has lived, and I am so thankful for him!

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