Today I will put on my pink turtleneck, flowery silk scarf and pink lipstick to brighten up my appearance for a very special occasion. My husband and I will go to lunch at a nearby nursing home with our friends Carol and Roger, to have a celebratory lunch with the guest of honor- Roger’s mother Dorothy. Because today is Dorothy’s 102nd birthday.
I wrote about Dorothy’s 100th birthday two years ago. That was in a restaurant, and family traveled from far away. I sat with a little notebook in my lap to try and capture significant moments and phrases to include in the writing I knew would follow. But in a group, there was not much chance to just simply chat with Dorothy.
This time I hope to ask her some questions. I know I will not really ask the free-range questions I write here. Some would be impudent, others too sad for the occasion. And I know I will not “grill” her. But I want to take a moment to wonder what I would love to ask Dorothy today.
- What do you look forward to when you wake up each day?
- What do you dislike?
- What favorite memories do you return to?
- What gives you pride?
- What invention(s) did you get the most benefit from?
- What do people do nowadays that you disapprove of?
- What are your thoughts on love?
- …second/third/fourth chances?
- Would you have done anything differently if you had known you would live to this age?
What would you ask Dorothy?