From Woy Woy, New South Wales, Australia, Olive Riley, author of the blog “The Life of Riley”, died on Saturday in a nursing home. Her last post was written on June 26, 2008 entitled, “Settling In” where she reflected on her first week there. Only fifteen days before she died, Olive was writing.
What is so remarkable about her? She was 108 years old when she died. 108. Her life stories reached millions of readers and although I had seen her blog highlighted on the Blogger headlines, I never read it. I wish I had. The Life of Riley isn’t accessible right now but I’ll be waiting for its return to the blogosphere. I even went so far as to look her up on Technorati where I found she is ranked 16,000 in a sea of millions of blogs.
Olive started blogging a little over a year ago and posted 74 times. Isn’t that stunning? If I were 107 years old, there’s no way I would try anything new like starting a BLOG. Heck, I’m a creature of habit already and I’m less than half her age.
I want to know what made her tick so well for so long and why she had such great mental clarity and enthusiasm for life to the end. Was it good genetics? A certain lifestyle?
I wonder if she was forgetful at all. Honestly, there are days when I have a tough time remembering what I ate for dinner the previous night.
I’ll bet she wasn’t the least bit lazy, either. It’s been said that Americans are soft. Yes, I’m on the soft side. Call me lazy. A lazy body and a lazy mind is a guarantee for a short life.
I’ll bet she didn’t make excuses for much, either. I have a wide range of them. I’m too tired, it’s too hot, my foot hurts, my back hurts, I didn’t have time, I forgot, I’m too old, it's too difficult…blah blah blah. And there is Olive, blogging her little old heart out at age 108.
Speaking of lazy…
If I weren’t lazy, I would have ran for the camera when I saw five baby Chickadees and Mama hopping from branch to branch, testing wings, on a tree near the front porch. Instead, I settled for a bathing Cowbird. Easy shot.
I’m feeling a little lazy tonight, so I’ll post a few random photos and bloopers. I’ve been too lazy for fifty-photo days, so it’s slim pickins’ for a while.
So, friends. Think of energetic Olive and the legacy she left behind. Amazing.
a return Visit
3 years ago