Last weekend as we were delivering wedding flowers, we had to go to a country club that I had not been in since January 2008 - the last big wedding that my own business had there. For many years, I had seen a woman manning the reception desk on weekends every time I delivered flowers. She was so cheerful and friendly that I always looked forward to seeing her.
Mel and I went there in the morning to set up all his centerpieces and spread rose petals on tables that would hold crystal candelabra later - as soon as they were delivered. The older woman I remembered was not at the desk; it was another, equally charming woman. I didn't ask her about the older woman (but I should have.)
Later, Mel asked if I would stop back by that club on my way home to hang two sprays on the stair railings and also take photos of how the room looked after everything was in place. I was happy to do that, since the club is only five miles from my house. When I entered, who should be on the desk but the woman I remembered - so I went over and renewed our acquaintance. She said she remembered me, and I told her how much I had always enjoyed seeing her at the desk and what an asset she was to the club. She replied that she might be retiring soon - and I said that although I had closed my business, I still worked for several other florists, and that she might want to think carefully about giving up her "day" job. What she said then floored me:
She is 91 years old, and no, that's not a typo. She is 91! I knew she was of a certain age, but I had no earthly idea that she could be in her 9th decade. And as it turns out, the woman I saw when I first went to the club that morning is her daughter. She helps out; I suppose, so that her mother will not work all day long and into the evening.
If I could ask a favor of the Universe, I might ask that I could be so healthy that I would be able to work into my 9th decade!! I think the country club is to be commended for keeping on staff a woman of that age. She is healthy, happy, and as I said, a definite asset. Bully for her - and bully for the club!!