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Two Brothers in Their 90s - Livin' the Good Life

Feb. 8th, 2016

08:44 am - Two Brothers in Their 90s

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We had a visit from Uncle Bill, my dad's brother, over the weekend. There was much reminiscing about their shared history, from the houses they grew up in, to the people they knew, to the planes they both piloted in WWII and on and on. One thing for sure, they share the same family genes to still be alive and kicking at their advanced ages. I think they enjoyed themselves and appreciated another chance to connect after years of being apart. Uncle Bill lives on the Central CA coast and doesn't get down here much anymore. He used to be a regular visitor. But, the fact that he drove for 7 hours in heavy traffic just to come here for a visit speaks well for his determination. In fact, I was amazed that he is still driving! He seems to do just fine. At 91, he's still quite alert and coordinated. He played fairly boisterously with Ollie (Bill has always been boisterous with kids.... that's his trademark. That, and teasing and testing mercilessly.) It's hard to believe he's as old as he is. He was a 5th grade teacher for many years back before retirement and had a reputation for being quite the popular character!
Here are the brothers just before Bill left last night.


Date:February 9th, 2016 05:16 am (UTC)
Amazing! Simply amazing....especially the part about his 91 year old brother driving SEVEN hours by himself to get there! I wouldn't even be able to do that at my age. So happy for them...that must have been a great gathering having those two together again. So was it just the 2 brothers growing up or did they have other siblings?

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Date:February 9th, 2016 05:16 pm (UTC)
They had a sister, between the two brothers, who died at age 5. They think she had epilepsy, and I think other problems. But no one remembers what they were. Anyone who knew died long ago, and the brothers were too young to know what was going on. They also didn't talk about stuff like that in those days. Family secrets were common. In contrast, my dad and his brother were healthy and hearty, as you can imagine!
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