One Word Sunday: Old

Debbie’s theme for ‘One Word Sunday’ is ‘Old’. I’m a bit late to the party because I’ve been waiting for my Mom-in-law’s care home in England to upload photos taken of her on her 108th birthday. Here she is looking surprised and delighted with the flowers from us.

In spite of her great age, Kathleen is still active and takes part in all the goings on at the home, including the chair aerobics and the singing. Whenever we phone her, she is never in her room and the staff have to go looking for her to get her to the phone. Unfortunately because of COVID, no family members were allowed to attend her party, but a beautiful cake was made for the residents and staff to enjoy whilst the harpist she had requested, provided entertainment.

We had a phone call with her after the party and she was in high spirits, having enjoyed the occasion, especially the cake.

We are hoping that we’ll all be able to attend her 109th birthday next August if this pesky virus goes away at last.

I enjoyed my birthday with our family up in New Jersey and was thoroughly spoiled, wined and dined. Although I’m also old, I do still have way to go before I catch up to Kathleen, who is now the 62nd oldest person in the whole of the UK.

75 comments on “One Word Sunday: Old

  1. Blessing and Happiness to you both dear Sylvia, she looks great, Happy belated Birthday wishes to you both, Thank you, Love, nia

  2. Your mother-in-law looked like she had a good birthday. So lovely her care home put together a lovely day for her. Happy belated birthday to her, and also to you, Sylvia. Sounds like you had a good birthday, and many more lovely birthdays for you πŸ’•

  3. Lovely to see she had a party and cake and is well looked after. It would be wonderful seeing her on her next Birthday for her and hte whole family! Thanks for sharing this birthday with us!

  4. Happy birthday to you both, and especially Kathleen, she’s looking fab. Same year as my dad, but he died 20 years ago. Doesn’t seem that long. I hope you get to visit your family soon. Take care and keep safe xx

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  6. Your mother-in-law is still looking really well, please send her my best wishes for a her birthday too. And a Happy birthday to you too Sylvia.

  7. Amazing! Paul mother is a real spring chicken of 94 years of age…so I’ll tell her about Kathleen. I’m not surprised she is the 62nd oldest person in the UK. Best birthday wishes to you and to Kathleen.
    Hope things work out okay for SA next year, as you say, this pesty virus! My cousin would dearly love to get back to Umslanga to see her mother aged 98, and going strong!

    • Paul’s mother will enjoy hearing about Kathleen, I’m sure. We are planning to go to South Africa maybe this October, but not to the UK, as they’re not accepting visitors from SA. We’ll just do a through flight instead of stopping off in London for a few days like we usually do. The care home isn’t allowing any outside visitors, so there’s no point.

  8. Oh my, how wonderful but sad you couldn’t join in the celebrations. It’s great she still joins in the activities, I’m sure that’s keeping her alive. Fabulous photos

  9. How lovely that the staff at Kathleen’s home went to such effort to make sure she had a wonderful day. I’m so impressed with her vitality and enjoyment of life. And how amazing that at 108 there are 61 people even older than she is.

  10. Wow, Kathleen looks sparkling for being 108 years old. And, busy and happy. Amazing! Happy belated birthday to her – and to you. My mother-in-law is currently 85 and in good shape. Still a long way to 108, though! I hope you’ll be able to visit yours soon again in the UK, Sylvia!

  11. The first thing that came to mind was a quote by Shakespeare: β€œWith mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” What a wonderful birthday celebration – the flowers, cake and singing. Kathleen’s joyful enthusiasm for life has never waned, has it? Oh, Sylvia, you have been blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law, who reminds us all that age is a priceless gift. I’m now going to sing happy birthday. I know that travel will come back. I am so happy that you were with family to celebrate your birthday. Sending many hugs!

  12. Wow! There’s some super genes in your family there! Hope she keeps on truckin’ until she makes it to #1 oldest in the UK!!!
    Happy belated birthday wishes to you both! πŸ’žπŸ’πŸ’ž πŸ°πŸŽ‚

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