My grandmother turns 94 tomorrow, but she still has a ways to go to catch Kathryn Rose Gemme of Middleborough, Mass., who turned 112 on Thursday. She is the oldest person in New England, tenth oldest in the United States, and 23rd oldest in the world.
"Imagine that!" was Gemme's response last week to hearing those statistics.Like my own grandmother, Kate is a woman who wants nothing but her family around her, and who—having that—wants for nothing.
When asked about her birthday wishes, Gemme answered, "I came into the world with nothing. Why should I go out with anything more than a how-do-you-do?" [Link]