|A rainbow brightens my spirit in Portugal|
Having lived through the aging and inevitable deaths of my own and my husband’s parents, I have to quote my mother: “Old age is for the birds.” It is hard to see my aunt and uncle, who have been an inspiration, both philosophically and intellectually to me (and many others), have to deal with the challenges that old age presents. The good news is they have lived a wonderful life and to a ripe old age! They are in a village where they have lived for many years and where everyone looks out for each other. Even the mayor takes as part of his duties the monitoring of older people’s health in the village. It is the French way. The bad news is that they are getting even older. Despite his age, my uncle regaled us on the way home from the clinic one day with the full history of Vichy France and President Charles De Gaulle. His knowledge was far broader and greater than mine. He cooked us delicious rabbit stew with bacon and onions and sat on the porch expertly finishing the difficult crossword puzzles in the London Times. He and my aunt represent a generation that changed the world. We can all learn a lot from them.