“Words are mere bubbles of water, but deeds are drops of gold.” ~ Chinese proverb
You’ve heard me talk before about my friend Opal. You first met her in May 2012 when she was just 102. Now, at 106 and showing no signs of stopping anytime soon, she and two other Centenarian Kentuckians were honored at a dinner given by Sanders-Brown Center for Aging the night before she attended her great-granddaughter Taylor’s baby shower. This may have been the first time Opal met Grier Whitehouse, I’m not sure, but the massive amount of history that has taken place between her birth and his was not lost on any of us. Opal was born before women had the vote, before the Titanic ever set sail, before WWI. Compare that with Grier who was born nearly 50 years after man’s first landing on the moon and the World Wide Web had transformed nearly every aspect of the modern world. The contrast is profound. What a joyous moment to witness. Opal always honors me with a smile, and for that I am truly grateful.