Posts Tagged ‘elderly’

95 Years of Cool

February 22, 2010

In 1915, my Grandmother Nellie Lee was born. This past weekend we celebrated her 95th birthday with a little shopping and too much to eat. Many say it’s amazing how, “at her age”, she is so sharp. And it’s true. She met my Grandfather, Paul, when she went to work for his parents at their farm. She was only 16 years old. They fell in love. Nellie Lee had twin daughters (born on the farm in the house where they lived their entire lives) when  she was 20 and she and Paul were married over 50 years. She’s always been a farmers wife. She knows how to get fifty cents out of a quarter.

A life long Democrat, she’s quite sure that Obama could get things done if he didn’t have to deal with all those “other” people. When she found out her daughter was a Republican, she said, “Well, she wasn’t raised to be that way.” (Doncha love that?) Nellie Lee is witty, honest and observant and will strike up a conversation with any one at any time, putting everyone instantly at ease. Doing the right thing is what she’s all about. We could all take a lesson.

Happy Birthday, Nellie Lee!

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Quotes from Nellie Lee

July 30, 2009

I spent yesterday afternoon with my 94 year old grandmother.  Sharp, sassy, stubborn and wonderful. This is a sampling of her comments. Oh, to be this awesome at that age.

“There are two sides to every pancake.”

“Obama would get it all done if he didn’t have to deal with all those other people.”

“I’m not stupid, you know.”

“I’d like to take some skin off that insurance company.”

“I’m just doing what the lawyer told me.”

“Don’t you say a thing you wouldn’t put in your mouth”. (Her reference to my accidental slip of the word “shit”)

“An abortion is between a woman, her God and her family.  The government shouldn’t have a thing to say about it.”