Below is the message she delivered from Rancho La Puerta, the spa she started off in Tecate, Mexico, with her spouse when she was 17 decades outdated.—Chaz Ebert
Certainly, Nowadays is My 100th Birthday
by Deborah Szekely
I awoke early at Rancho La Puerta, listening for the appears of some thing happening on the garden outdoors my casita just as I did when Sarah and Alex have been small. “Shush,” I would whisper to them. “Let’s get dressed!” Back again then, we allowed automobiles on the home, so I could listen to lots of doorways remaining shut gently. Staff members users had been arriving. Tables were staying set up with large pots of scorching chocolate. The tamales and conchas were ready.
At 7:00 a.m., I came out the entrance door nonetheless in my bathrobe (a tradition) and was greeted by a mariachi band in total voice, trumpet echoing off the hills, significant bass guitar thumping, violins keening. The patio experienced been turned into a bower of flowers. And one particular pricey pal, José Lupe, has introduced me just one rose for each 12 months of my lifetime because I was in my 30s. What a fantastic way to commence the day!
Dew was on the grass. The dawn slanted towards Mt. Kuchumaa, painting it a muted, mystical indigo. Many hundred voices broke into singing Las Mañanitas, the Mexican custom at birthdays.
Despierta, mi bien, despierta. Wake up, my darling, wake up.
Amidst all the greetings and savoring hot chocolate and conchas, I understood: I am a statistic and a curiosity—only 1.73 of us (of me!) for every 10,000 people today reside this extended. 100! To me, it’s only a number on paper. I are unable to accept it. In no way can I be 100!
My gratitude for my extensive daily life is inexpressible. The amount, on the other hand, will make no feeling to me. Here I am at 100, but I still experience like the young girl who arrived below with Edmond in 1940. I continue to make infinite conclusions in my life, substantial and compact. There is still so considerably anticipated of me, and I hope a wonderful offer from myself. I am thoroughly unprepared for becoming this “aged.” For 1 thing, so a lot of persons arrive up to me and ask what my top secret is, what words and phrases of wisdom I can share. And I am speechless.