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February 14, 2004

My Aunt's Twentieth Century

I just returned from near Athens, Georgia, where I attended my aunt's 97th birthday party. I've been trying to wrap my head around the concept that she has lived for 97 years for most of the day, but it's such a difficult thing for me to imagine.

She's incredibly healthy, and her memory is still fairly sound, particularly her ability to remember her friends and family. It's also great to see that she has so many friends (there were around 50 people at the party) to celebrate with her.

I keep going back to thinking about the things she must have seen, the stories she had, many of which are now lost, even though her memory is relatively sharp, and I really wish now that I had listened to my father when he told me to write that stuff down.

Posted by chuck at February 14, 2004 9:21 PM

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Blog a few. Never too late. Indeed an objective might be to blog at least 10 (One for each decade of your aunt's 97 years). One a month over the next year. The entries could include what you wished to ask her as well as what you have gleaned. Interesting to ponder how the questions one might have asked have changed.

Posted by: Francois Lachance at February 16, 2004 10:35 AM

Good idea, Francois. It has been in the back of my mind ever since I wrote that entry. She's led an interesting life, too. If I recall correctly, she was a nurse during World War II. I know she was a nurse, and I remember her telling me something about this (I'll blog it later).

Posted by: chuck at February 16, 2004 10:49 AM

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