Listed here is the information she sent from Rancho La Puerta, the spa she started in Tecate, Mexico, with her partner when she was 17 a long time previous.—Chaz Ebert
Sure, Nowadays is My 100th Birthday
by Deborah Szekely
I awoke early at Rancho La Puerta, listening for the seems of a little something happening on the garden outside my casita just as I did when Sarah and Alex were being small. “Shush,” I would whisper to them. “Let us get dressed!” Again then, we authorized autos on the assets, so I could hear quite a few doorways becoming closed gently. Team users have been arriving. Tables ended up staying set up with major pots of sizzling chocolate. The tamales and conchas were ready.
At 7:00 a.m., I arrived out the front doorway even now in my bathrobe (a tradition) and was greeted by a mariachi band in comprehensive voice, trumpet echoing off the hills, significant bass guitar thumping, violins keening. The patio experienced been turned into a bower of bouquets. And a person dear close friend, José Lupe, has brought me a single rose for every yr of my life due to the fact I was in my 30s. What a fantastic way to begin the day!
Dew was on the grass. The dawn slanted toward Mt. Kuchumaa, painting it a muted, mystical indigo. Various hundred voices broke into singing Las Mañanitas, the Mexican tradition at birthdays.
Despierta, mi bien, despierta. Wake up, my darling, wake up.
Amidst all the greetings and enjoying warm chocolate and conchas, I understood: I am a statistic and a curiosity—only 1.73 of us (of me!) per 10,000 men and women dwell this prolonged. 100! To me, it’s only a variety on paper. I simply cannot accept it. In no way can I be 100!
My gratitude for my long everyday living is inexpressible. The range, nonetheless, makes no sense to me. Below I am at 100, but I even now really feel like the younger female who arrived here with Edmond in 1940. I continue to make unlimited selections in my life, massive and modest. There is still so substantially predicted of me, and I be expecting a terrific deal from myself. I am totally unprepared for currently being this “aged.” For just one issue, so quite a few men and women appear up to me and talk to what my key is, what phrases of knowledge I can share. And I’m speechless.