G’Mom Dynamite is 83!! In the morning, she enjoys her duo of a cup of freshly ground Joe with her smokes. Like, a hot apple a la mode served with creamy vanilla bean ice-cream, the two pair nicely. When she gets up in the morning, I encourage her to pick something healthy to eat. I make sure I keep her favorite fruits on hand. But, at her age, who am I to tell her what to eat, how often, and how much to eat?
Regardless of her 60+ year relationship with non-filtered cigarettes and Gin (the 70’s), old Grand Dad (the 80’s-90’s), or Hennessy (late 90’s to present), she is still alive and kicking. I may live a healthy lifestyle but there is still no guarantee that I will live age 83.
Medication for high blood pressure doesn’t stir her to read labels or to give up her prepackaged high sodium favorites like this Spicy Miso Ramen Noodle Soop! 920 grams of sodium per serving! Holy cow! Yuck!! But I see her point that she’s lived through eight decades.
My mom has outlived three vegetarians in our family, who never drank, smoked, or ate any form of meat or seafood.
Lol! It’s funny but not really. I miss my cousins and aunts. But I see her point. Take my beautiful cousin Marlene for example. RIP cuz. She lived a clean life but died in her early 40’s while battling breast cancer. I respect my mother’s point-of-view but continue to encourage her to make healthy foodchoices. When she talks about dying, which is often and I say, “While you are living, let’s focus on quality of life.” She responds, “Tanya, you can’t live forever!! She looks at me and cracks up laughing! I join in with her laughter and know that, for the most part, I am wasting my time.
Seriously I contribute mom’s longevity to her upbringing. Mom and her siblings were poor. They ate fresh everything! My grandmother managed the family’s health with natural herbs like goldenseal, poke root, catnip, dandelion, fennel, nettle, and more. I’m not talking about the stuff in a bottle. I’m speaking of the plants, roots, and grounded powder versions. The grandkids in my generation helped momma make capsules for the family. They never ate out in restaurants, drank soda, cool aid, or any of that. Their eggs came from farm raised, grass fed chickens. The well water they drank was fresh and wasn’t contaminated by the chemicals that taint our current water supplies. Life and the food supply was simpler.
As I was about to leave for work the other day, I noticed her morning snack before breakfast: grapes and apples! I didn’t say a word but could not help smiling and chuckling. When she turned her back, I snapped a quick picture!! Lol!! Hmm… maybe she is listening.
Her snack made my day! 🙂
Take care of yourself in 2017!