Six months ago a lady died in my practice who was 105. She could remember guiding the doctor around her house during the Spanish flu by lamplight as she was the only in the house who was not ill at the time.
My grandmother passed away on Sunday evening. She was 100. She recalled stories from her mother who was fearful my grandmother would not survive because she was born during the Spanish flu epidemic.
As to the statement regarding the elderly being the keepers of history - so true. My grandmother lived in Kansas City until the last few years (she moved to Fort Worth). When I was in law school in Omaha and when I was stationed at Fort Riley, it was too difficult to get home except for, maybe, Christmas. So, I spent all other holidays and some long weekends with my grandmother in Kansas City. We would talk for hours and hours. Grandma was one of the few women who worked her entire life, only taking very brief periods at home for birth of her two children. What she saw and experienced was absolutely amazing. Her stories regarding WWII were my favorite.
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers Emery's Third Coast Triathlon | Tri Wisconsin Triathlon Team | Push Endurance | GLWR