“Canada’s oldest citizen — and the country’s last living link to the Victorian era — celebrated her 113th birthday just before Christmas at a B.C. residential hospital.
And after a year in which Merle Barwis’s extreme longevity placed her among the 13 oldest people on the planet, the Vancouver Island resident today also becomes the oldest British Columbian ever at 113 years and 14 days.”
“She’s the queen of the Priory,” says her 67-year-old grandson, Richard Barwis of Sooke, referring to the extended care facility in nearby Langford that his grandmother calls home.
“They just love her in there, and treat her so well. They’re all jockeying to see who gets to look after her.”
Merle hasn’t divulged any stunning secrets about what’s helped her achieve such a great age, but once suggested it’s important “to keep busy and mind your own business” in life.
“If you’re old you’re old, if you’re young you’re young. What can you do about it?” Barwis said three years ago, when she was first identified as B.C’s oldest person. “If every year I get a year older, you can’t do anything about it. You might as well just go along with it.”
Cheers to longevity!!!!…..we “go along with it” with a little help from our friends!….
I’ve never quite “got it” the penchant for vanity license plates, but apparently British Columbia’s most frequently rejected applications are a plate to read “4-PLAY or 4PLAY”.
The good news, I guess, in reality they are a license to be lighthearted so folks, regardless of what your license plate reads, cheers to jovial, laid-back & sprightly!….
It’s a first Monday, new day in a new week in a new year! What will be your January 6th epiphany?!?!….will there be a eureka moment in your today?!…
Here’s one about sharing life’s abundance that I learned of yesterday!:
An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and …ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ”UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”
‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are”.
Cheers to we are so I am!
Community…may it always be strengthening & sharing life is good!…..