Potatoes have long been a common joke between my wife and myself . . .

As she celebrated her 103rd birthday, I had to ask Mrs. Sanchez, "What's your favorite food?"
As she celebrated her 103rd birthday, I had to ask Mrs. Sanchez, “What’s your favorite food?”

Whenever we go out to eat and I’m faced with a choice of two or three sides, I could happily choose potatoes as two of them—much to her annoyance. In fact, at a recent Super Bowl party, I looked down at my plate and noticed that I had done just that. That made it all the more funny when I sat down with one of our oldest residents a few years ago.

Mrs. Sanchez had been living at our community for some time.* In fact, she had been just living for some time. Still hale, hearty and quite trim, she was, in fact, celebrating her 103rd birthday when I took the time to sit down with her and chat for a few moments.

As there was plenty of food at the party (and on her plate), I thought to ask her, “You certainly had to have eaten a lot of food in your life. What’s your favorite food?” She dipped her head, thought about it for a moment or two and looked with a smile to say, “Mashed potatoes and gravy.”

When I went home that evening, I couldn’t wait to tell my wife—and rub it in a little bit. While she would prefer that I avoid potatoes completely and focus on something leafy and green, I had to note with a smile “Potatoes seem to work for her!”

Yep, there’s always something we can learn from our elders as we journey along the gray mile.

Tom Text

*Not her real name.

@TomJonesNBTX

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