What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

Anne and Bill

Anne and Bill have been married for many years. She's eighty-eight and he's eighty-nine. They've raised their families and fed half the neighborhood. Maybe you've seen them dancing on Friday night at the lodge or taking part in area garage sales. None of us could keep up with them, they're blessed with great stamina.

Unfortunately, a few years ago Bill started having mild strokes. One of those times he drove himself to the doctor. Friends, neighbors and family sent their respects. Anne took care of him until he bounced back.

I came into their house one day and found out that she had climbed up on her kitchen counter to add a border to the top of the walls. There was no stopping her. Then as luck would have it she attempted to climb up on something in the kitchen again and fell. She got up made sure she could walk, then ignored it and finished cooking her meal. After all she had visitors to feed.

Soon after she fell again, and this time broke her hip in three places. Now it was Bill's turn to take care of her. He sat by her side at the hospital until they let her come home. He tried to take care of her, but she would have none of it. She was going to conquer this. She'd do it herself.

They still continue to see friends and got up to dance a few months ago at the lodge. I think our neighbors will make it to one hundred. Wouldn't that be nice?


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