Thinking & Feeling

“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.” Horace Walpole

Monday, 5 October 2009

She makes 90 look good!

My gran (technically step-gran - my gran died when I was 6 and my grandfather remarried) turned 90 last week.

She is incredible. She does everything independently and can still drive - but seldom does now. In fact she is rather embarrassed to be toting a walking stick recently. Since she doesn't even really need it. It is for 'just in case' as she has an ear fluid condition that makes her become a little unbalance sometimes. Otherwise she is fully functional.

On Thursday night we went for dinner from 18:00 - 22:00. She chats along with everyone else and is up to date with pretty much everything. Her short and long term memory is pretty much impeccable. She hears and sees fine she doesn't even need specs!! In fact I suspect her hearing is better than mine - I feel quite deaf sometimes. She had a meal, wine, coffee and dessert like everyone else and was full of beans.

On Friday morning my dad & step mom, sister & her hubby (all 4 down from Pretoria), as well as my Uncle (out from England) joined myself and my boys and we took Granny Betty on road trip to Robertson up the N1 for the day. It's a 3 hour journey each way. It's where she and her peers and my step-mom's family used to spend their summers.

We drove through the Du Toit's Kloof tunnel and had coffee at the Trout Farm at the other side and then drove on to Rosendal wine farm between Robertson & Ashton. On arrival we had a brief stroll to check the place out, followed by a long leisurely and totally over-indulgent 3-course lunch.

It was a long drive back and we got home close to 7pm. I was almost asleep on my feet by the end. Granny Betty seemed just fine!

We made plans to join the gang for breakfast at Kirstenbosch on Saturday morning. Granny Betty was there bright as a button and ready for action as usual. After breakfast we went for a walk in the gardens and most of the time she was ahead of me and I kept having to play catch-up!

She is truly remarkable! She takes everything in her stride, fits into any situation and nothing fazes her. She is sharp, bright and witty and a pleasure to be around.

I am so impressed.