Lockdown day 69: a door gradually closing
Sunday May 24th 2020, 11:15 pm
Filed under: Friends,Life

We got the news that our 95-year-old friend Betty is in isolation with covid-19.

Her lungs have gotten through all these years after being damaged by airborne specks of metal when she was a Rosie the Riveter working on planes in WWII.

As a woman completely blind since birth.

After the war, until new technology made her skills obsolete, she worked in a dark room developing x-rays for the hospital because the lack of light was no novel thing to her.

Then there was the time she told her husband he was too drunk to drive them home–she was going to do it. He could coach her through it but she was taking the wheel, and did, and told the tale with great delight forever after. (How far she actually got I have no idea.) She’d just always believed she could do just about anything anybody else could and was happy to try to prove it.

Past 90 and in a nursing home, she wasn’t always sure she remembered me but she always remembered Richard when we visited; he’d helped her with her computer (and as a visitor, he knew how to talk loud enough so that she could hear, which she needed more and more.)

I don’t expect we’ll ever get to see her again. I don’t expect to get to hear that laugh of hers again.

But I’m glad that I know what it sounds like.

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Maybe she will surprise you all, and recover. If not, may her passing be peaceful.

Comment by Anne 05.25.20 @ 12:25 am

You have good memories.

Comment by Jayleen Hatmaker 05.25.20 @ 5:19 am

I, too, am glad you have memories that bring a smile to your face – and to Richard’s.

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 05.25.20 @ 6:20 am

What a life she has led!

Comment by ccr in MA 05.25.20 @ 7:42 am

I do hope for the best for Betty, and I’m glad you can remember her laugh. Those memories are sweet for us, aren’t they?

Comment by Pegi F 05.28.20 @ 8:57 am

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