When I grow up I want to be like Helen from Wisconsin. She was the lady that sat next to me on the plane on our trip back home.
Helen is 87 - she looks 70 - she acts 60! She has had some tragedy in her life - losing her husband in an automobile accident when they were in their 50's. And she doesn't drive - never has and never will! You could imagine that a woman her age would be ready to sit in a rocking chair and talk to old people. This is what keeps Helen young at heart:
1. She was coming home from a week's visit with her daughter in Utah because she has a foreign exchange student coming to live with her. She has participated in this program for many years. The students come to learn English at a school in her town. She lives on the bus line, so she goes with them the first day and shows them the ropes. She loves to fix their meals and finds ways to communicate with them until their English improves.
2. She can't wait until August because she is going on a cruise with her sister and nieces. She was disappointed they had to wait until August because August is so far away!
3. She goes to the Moose Lodge to play euchre. She is lucky at euchre and enjoys playing with her friends.
4. She volunteers at her church.
This sweet lady was so full of life, and listening to her made me wish that Ted's Mom was more active. Do you know any older people like Helen?