Margie lives modestly, and gives much. She tutors children who are learning English. She plays bridge once a week. She goes to the theater (live theater - not movies!) twice a month with one of her sons. At dinner, they will discuss all sorts of things including current events, politics and religion. She travels to Germany twice a year to see her other son, his wife and her darling little granddaughter. She is very active in her church where she has been the Clerk of Session for 31 years. She takes her 90 year old friend to her doctor's appointments.
Oh, yeah - and Margie was 83 when her granddaughter was born. Recently she had to give up her weekly volunteer work at the Urban Ministries because she couldn't stand all day any more. Compression fractures in her spine were causing her too much pain... In September, Margie will celebrate her 89th birthday.
I have known Margie all my life - and what a blessing she has been! My sister and I visited her this summer and we had a wonderful time. She is as lively as ever and as much fun as she was when I was six and she lived with us. One of my favorite people - and a shining example of how to live and live well!
Cure your whines? Sure made mine go away! Think I'll go smile a while and then say a little prayer for Margie. Care to join me?
PS This is a picture of her with a doll that I gave her many years ago.