Betty is now one month over 100, and still as witty as ever.
It brings such joy to me to see how happy my son makes her. However, watching someone get to such an age has a darker and more difficult side to it. We have seen her struggle with carrying out the basic physical things, such as using the toilet, washing and reading. Mentally she is still fine and aware of how her body is slowing down, which must be a difficult experience. I must say, she and those around her supporting her are coping with such love it makes me proud to be part of this family.
I also find myself reflecting on all the amazing things she must have seen in her life of more than 100 years. Two world wars, during one of which she was a nurse; television; mobile phones, all these amazing changes in technology and society. Also, the people she has loved and lost.
It’s mind boggling really, maybe we should all take a moment to ensure we listen to those who are older, as they won’t be there forever.