(Bear with me on this - I’ll get to my point)
So, I was meandering around the webs today and came across a posting from the historical society in my small town place of birth in Michigan. They had recently done a docent tour of the town cemetery, telling the histories of some past notables buried there. The post listed a bunch of the names and, not being young myself, I noted to myself the ones I had known in real life. One name caught my eye as she had been a youth pastor when I was a child, and had presided over the funerals of my family members up until rather recently. When I would travel back to my birthplace for the inevitable internment of Gpa or Gma or Mom, I would enjoy catching up with her and appreciating that she was still at it into advanced age.
Digging further to find out exactly when she had passed, I came upon her obit online. She had made it to 103, and her husband to 98. Bravo for them! But what jumped out to me was that the both had been listed as passing at a home in Oregon, where they had moved a few years before. I am assuming they went there to be near younger family. Doing the math, it appears they made the move when he was 96, and she was 99.
This brought to mind the story of my own uncle, my Grandfather’s brother. After his wife passed, he eventually met someone new, and moved from Michigan to Texas to be with her. He was 94 at the time.
So, as I mentioned, I’m not as young as I used to be but I’m still bopping along. But I fully expect that if I make it to 94 or 99 it is likely that I will have trouble making it across the room, let alone moving across the country!!
I’m not suggesting that anyone shouldn’t do whatever they want or are capable of at any advanced age, I’m just awed.
Anybody else have stories of people they know/know making big moves in advanced age?