One of the kind reviewers who read The Desert Hedge Murders began her comments with the observation that she’d doubted (at least at first) whether ladies in their eighties would be as energetic and spunky as my ladies of The Florida Flippers travel club. The reviewer noted, however, an example of a real life older mystery writer who was quite active, and agreed that there were some super-active seniors who might be frisky enough in their eighties to have an adventure or two.
Not long after that, I received an e-mail from a close friend who had just read the book and enjoyed it (of course, that’s what friends do), but then she added a bit of personal information to explain why she’d gotten such a kick out of some of the elders’ adventures. My friend (and her ninety-three year old mom) gave me permission to share this story and these photos with my readers:
“My 93 yr. old mother is the oldest member of the Third Wheelers in Indiana. She attends the yearly gathering with [family]. Two years ago a surprise gathering of 12 three wheelers called to pick Mom up for the ride to the event. She rode in the side car, and they lead the rest of the bikers through town and to the farm outside Hartford City. Her neighbors were standing in their yards wondering what was going on. What a hoot.”
“Mother also has a 2008 silver Sky convertible with red interior. She takes her 90 year old neighbor to church and then they go to Briners for lunch. There are two couples that have lunch there also. One Sunday the two husbands walked up to Mom’s table and asked her how fast her car goes…. Much better than, ‘How are you feeling today?’ Many ways to have adventure in the choices we make.”
Isn’t that a wonderful lesson about enjoying life to the fullest, no matter your age? Doesn’t it make you want to get fit and healthy so you can hit the road in your silver convertible or take a ride in the sidecar of a three-wheeler motorcycle…when you’re ninety-three? I think my friend’s mom sets a wonderful example for the rest of us, and we would do well to adopt her sense of adventure right now.