Monday, May 9

Storytime, Y'all


So I was outside shooting the breeze with my favorite neighbor today, and she proceeded to tell me this story that I'm about to share with you:

"Tim called, and you know he just purchased his first house and he's just clueless...well, he was having a sewer problem, so I told him I'd be right over. I got there and told him to follow me down into the crawlspace, which is about "this much space" (she shows me with her hands that the space they're crawling through is about a foot and a half high) but I'm making him follow me so he'll see how to troubleshoot these sorts of problems in the future. I get down there and see the line running straight and flat until a small area where the ground underneath has sunken down, so the pipe was curving down as well, letting things accumulate and slow down the works. I had Tim go and grab some boards so I could level up the ground and get that pipe to where it was laying straight again. That fixed the problem. When I came back home, Curtis (her husband) said, "What if you'd run into a snake down there?!" I laughed, because I didn't even stop to think about snakes! I just knew my boy needed my help."


Not a very exciting story, huh? Hahaha! :) BUT...what makes it awesome to me is that "Tim" is the 40 year old youngest son of my 78 year old neighbor who was telling me this story. Her name is Mildred and she can usually be found gardening, or up on a ladder cleaning her gutters...she's such an inspiration to me. She proves that age is just a number.

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were? ~Satchel Paige

9 comments:

Karen Mortensen said...

What an awesome lady. Go Mildred.

Yenta Mary said...

Oh, she reminds me of my "bubbes" -- the elderly women who've adopted me and who are such an inspiration! They travel, they go to movies and lectures and concerts, they tell me they find a reason to go out every single day, they take classes ... whew! One of them used to winter in Sri Lanka when her son lived there, even when she was 80. Another just turned 90 and is learning Hebrew "so she doesn't get Alzheimer's." Oh, I do so hope I'm like them at their age!!!

Holly Diane said...

aww I love that story! It sounds like you have a great neighbor. (and Tim is a pretty lucky guy!)

Kat's Out o'the Bag said...

That's awesome and something I want to share with my mother. She keeps reminding me that she's not going to be around much longer and I keep telling her that mean people die last. LOL

Yes I Blog said...

Sounds like an awesome neighbor to have!

Some days, I feel like a little girl...others...I feel like an ancient old lady who wears twenty sweaters, knits scarves and has 150 cats...

Lol!

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Kim said...

78! That's awesome!

Chippy said...

Go Mildred go! I just stopped by from the Laddy Bloggers Tea Party :)

Becky Jane said...

Awesome woman...my parents were that way...

Theophanie said...

That's great! :) I hope I am that way when I am old!