I am always interested in reading about our world’s oldest people and the reasons they often speculate contribute to their longevity. My own grandmother came close to marking her centennial, but alas fell a couple years short. She did often say keeping active and walking a lot was critical. She also always had her hands busy, with crochet work and other crafts. And her mind was sharpened by word puzzles, baseball stats, and lively conversation.
So yesterday I came across an article about Scotland’s oldest woman, the 109-year-old Jessie Gallen. She reckons she has lived well for so long is down to her active lifestyle, a daily bowl of porridge, and the fact that she never married. In fact, on the subject of men, she says, “My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re just more trouble than they’re worth.” And although there may be days when I could be found in agreement, I can’t help but wonder if she’d change her mind if the man baked pies. After I went to bed last night (early, as I’m a morning person), my husband took to the kitchen and baked up pumpkin and blackberry pies, which I found this morning. AND freshly made custard in the fridge as a bonus. So, Ms. Jessie, methinks there are some men worth keeping around. 🙂