Yesterday's Tyra was all about how we can live a longer life, so she had on two centenarians from the Jewish Home and Hospital in NYC: Clara, 103 and Julia, 105. They're totally adorable, and Julia even brought a present for Tyra, a homemade afghan. But our fave is Clara, mainly because we really related to her in the way she reacted to Tyra. She was easily distracted by her weave, didn't really answer Tyra's stupid questions, and made the comment, "I've traveled all the world, and I've never come across something like this." Ha!
My foster-grandmother died one week before her 105 birthday, lucid till the end. She broke her hip in her mid-90's, and they told her she'd have to move into the nursing home. Ha! She recovered and moved back into her 3rd floor walk up, only concession being adding a railing on the other side of the stairs. She also complained that all her friends, all younger, were boring and didn't want to do anything. The last time I saw her, she was in the home for something, and kept asking her friend to go out and get us some liquor because she wanted a stinger. I learned from her that the secret to living a long happy life is to always look forward to what you're doing next, not back at what you've already done.
And god how I hate Tyra- yes, you speak louder if older people have trouble hearing you, but you don't speak to them like they're infantile. Do that and they'll never spill their best stories- or share from their trove of dirty jokes and songs.