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California Norcal Sings Competition
On December 2nd, my Uncle Bob turned 83 years old. You would never guess his age by the way he lives life (and the changes of his hair color). He inspires joy and smiles to everyone he passes, wherever he goes... literally! Most days it's going to the bank, Safeway (to buy lotto tickets), the post office, the gas station or the commisary... wherever it is you will find him singing out loud and engaging people. Uncle Bob served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, earned a purple heart, survived 2 open heart surgeries and lung cancer so these survival stories inspired him to live life vibrantly! He chose to live life this way. On December 8, 2011 my Uncle Bob's lively soul left this earth and he is singing his heart out in Heaven!
So by these amazing people in my life, working with the Seniors of Louisville and Summit County Seniors, I am inspired to age well. One of my Louisville Seniors, Connie, once said, "Honey, I have earned every one of these wrinkles by laughing so hard." I will never forget that. In a culture where getting old, wrinkles, sagging and grey hair is often resisted, I have been fortunate to meet those who embrace it.