These photos are of my grandfather. Wasn’t he the cutest baby? And the most handsome young man? I’ve just returned from celebrating his 90th birthday and had to share a little story from my visit.
After the dessert plates had been cleared and we were all circled round in the living room I spoke up and said, half jokingly, “Now’s the part of the evening when you tell us what the secret is to living to 90.” Not missing a beat, he replied “Well that’s easy…” A hush came across the room. “Strong women. Grandmother, mother, wife, daughter, granddaughters, friends.”
He didn’t say green vegetables, though he eats lots of those.
He didn’t say daily exercise, though that’s been a mainstay most of his life.
He didn’t say time spent in nature, though he lives in the most beautiful and wild place.
He didn’t say being kind, though you couldn’t imagine a better friend.
His answer was unexpected, but also obvious: