Still Remarkable at 91

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Today my dad is 91 years old. His visit to Atlanta was strategically planned so that we would be together on his birthday. As I was contemplating what to write on this blog post I asked my father to reflect upon the most memorable events and inventions during his lifetime. His answers were predictable and included The Great Depression, World War II, the computer, internet, and space travel. What I had not anticipated was a remark he made to me last night. To put what he articulated in context I should mention that a year ago my father had a pacemaker implanted to correct a heart arrhythmia. Although the pacemaker alleviated the symptoms he had been experiencing, he is concerned about more recent symptoms that are probably cardiac related. So, last night when I asked him how he felt about turning 91 he seriously replied, ” Well, I was hoping that I would die of old age but this may not be in the cards.” I need not say anymore. At the age of 91, my dad is vibrant and youthful in every possible way. My wish to him is that he will have many more vital years in which to enjoy the life he loves. Happy Birthday Dad!

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6 comments
  1. Carolyn Cowan said:

    Dear Beate,

    What a lovely photo and a remarkable tribute to your father. Though I don’t expect that he will remember us, I send my best wishes – to him and to you.

    Warmly, Carolyn Cowan

    • Thanks Carolyn. I read your message out loud as my dad was sitting next to me. He replied that he certainly remembered you. He emailed you directly. I hope you received his message.

  2. Margarita Montalvo said:

    LOVED IT, BEATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MARGARITA

  3. margfoxon said:

    I love that comment about dying of old age.  My father died at 96, always very healthy and driving quite safely until the end. His memory at 96 was better than mine now at 68! He used to talk about ‘old people’ as a group that he was not part of. Occasionally Id say ‘But Dad, you are 92 (or whatever) and so you ARE old” and he’d look at me like ‘what are you talking about??’!!  Its all in the head – you are what you think you are.  He was vibrant, active, worked in the yard every day, drove, played indoor bowls, went to church, fussed around his workshop, helped with the cooking, etc until the end.  You are indeed blessed to have a father like that.  M From: Beate Sass To: margfoxon@yahoo.com Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 7:51 AM Subject: [New post] Still Remarkable at 91 #yiv3519897324 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv3519897324 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv3519897324 a.yiv3519897324primaryactionlink:link, #yiv3519897324 a.yiv3519897324primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv3519897324 a.yiv3519897324primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv3519897324 a.yiv3519897324primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv3519897324 WordPress.com | Beate Sass posted: “Today my dad is 91 years old. His visit to Atlanta was strategically planned so that we would be together on his birthday. As I was contemplating what to write on this blog post I asked my father to reflect upon the most memorable events and invention” | |

  4. Myrtie said:

    Happy Birthday to your dad, Beate!!

  5. Kirt Kempter said:

    Hi Beate –

    Very nice photo and post honoring your Dad! He is truly amazing – such a vibrant mind and energy.

    Hope you are doing well. I’m off to California to visit Mom and Dick next week. Val will join me half way through.

    Best, Kirt

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