Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Magda Olivera and other centenarians

As a woman of 52 years, I am always worried about what little time left I have to do all the things that I want to do. That was, until today.   A woman inspired me in her death. Magda Olivera is a famous Italian opera singer. She died on Sept 8th at 104 years.   She was performing for people up until she passed away.   The following is a link, that you can hear (she speaks only Italian, but at the end, she sings, and even though at times she runs out of breath , her trained voice is remarkable.)

It wasn't until I searched for her video that I discovered another video....Polly Roesch, 100 years young sings with full orchestra. She brought me to tears with 'Let there be peace on earth'....Lord knows we need that now.

Then on listening to THAT video, I saw another, Lou Batori, 100 years old, skiing and enjoying himself. Born in Hungary, now skiing in Michigan.

Then I came across Fern...I love her earrings,
then Jessie, at 105...

Video after video I found of so many men and women enjoying their lives at 100+   singing, swimming, skiing, dancing, and all of them that were interviewed said the same thing. They didn't mention one thing about money. They said they look forward to friends, the love of family, the enjoyment of the things that they know how to do. The appreciate what they have and they forgive, and reminisce and appreciate every second of their lives.

Well, I'm not going to wait until I'm 100 to do that. But I hope that I make it as long as they did. I want to thank them for giving me inspiration, for lifting me up, for making me feel alive. Sometimes in the death of others, you see alot of life.

Rose Ellen Moore
1729  W Tilgman Street
Allentown PA  18104