"My doctor used to tell me every year, 'You're doing fine for your age.' Said the same thing every time, and I got so tired of hearing that. Finally I told him, 'I'm doing fine for ANY age!' And I am. The only thing is, I can't see very well now, so I've had to stop painting and driving. It's all right though. I've always heard it said that you can get used to anything except a toothache and a tack in your shoe, so I've gotten used to not having a car anymore. When I told my friend Lois that the doctor had clipped my wings and wouldn't let me drive, she said, 'You picked me up for eight years. I'll do it for you now.' So even though I don't have a car, I have friends and I'm still going out and doing things.
"When I found out I was getting older, I decided to move to Independent Living. Everybody's friendly here, just like every place I've ever lived. I enjoy my life. I do. I've got a little cross-stitch in my kitchen that says: You don't quit laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you quit laughing."