Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Time Is On Her Side

Happy 175th Birthday, Harriet! In case you're wondering who Harriet IS, and how on earth she could possibly be 175 years old, check out the news story at http://news.com/s/nm/20051115/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_australia_tortoise_1

She doesn't look a day over 110!

How amazing would it be to live 175 years? (supposing you could at least keep up some sort of decent appearance and good health!) Imagine what life was like 175 years ago...actually living in a Jane Austen novel setting (although empire-waist dresses aren't my favorite style for myself!) and then moving on up through all the other changes in our history...

Whenever I start thinking about things like this, it just makes me incredibly grateful for everyday things like - electricity; phones; cars; jeans & sneakers; heck, running water and toilet paper! Is that why everyone looked so serious in those early daguerrotypes? I know if I lacked even 2 of those items in my life, I certainly wouldn't have been smiling ear to ear! Actually the lack of even one of these makes me not too happy....

Do you know how behind I'm always running even WITH a car & all these other amenities - if I had to get somewhere by horse & buggy I'd end up like 2 days late! Without phones to keep giving updates as to my ETA, they'd probably just give up and have a memorial service for me figuring I'd been attacked along the way...

At least back then, I'd probably be much more adept at home crafts like knitting & crocheting - without all the distractions of the phone, the Internets, the TV, radio and no fast & easy way to get to the general store, what else would I do every night?

As it is now, I'm going to have to live at least another 120-something years of practice to be any good at knitting & crocheting!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sea turtles are one of my spirit animals! I have a little stone I carry everywhere with me with a tortoise carved into it--- remids me to go slow and steady and be patient!

So glad you stopped by! All the best, Elizabeth
http://bluepoppy.omworks.com

violetismycolor said...

I have a 92 year-old mother-in-law, who is in incredible shape. But it doesn't make me want to live to be 100 or more. The body just breaks down too much. I hope to exercise, eat right, etc and be as able as possible but I just can't get excited about being really really old.

I agree with you about all the modern conveniences (she says as she types on her gorgeous laptop computer while listening to her brand new video iPod)...I am spoiled rotten!

tongue in cheek said...

I would love to talk with her. Wow, an amazing story she must have, incredibly really.