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On to 100

On to 100

May 21, 2024

Dear WinkWorld Readers,

A very short and personal blog post follows.

In church recently I had a very interesting conversation with a five-year-old, who was seated in the pew directly behind me. We were nose-to-nose as we whispered. He looked at me and said, “Good morning.”
“Good morning,” I replied.
“How old are you?” he seriously asked.
“80,” I quietly replied. “How old are you?”
“Five,” he told me. That was the end of the conversation, until after the church service when he came up to me again.
“You are a bunch older than I am,” he explained matter-of-factly.
“Yes,” I said.
“You are 75 years older than I am,” he clarified for me.

Remember, he is 5-years-old and not yet in kindergarten.

After church was over, he walked with me down the stairs of the basement to have cookies and treats. When we got to the bottom of the stairs, he looked up at me and said, “I think you will live until 100.”

I tell the story for two reasons: first, it is a precious story, and I want to maintain the memory. Second, I want to use it as a springboard for thanking so many of you who wrote to me and shared specific memories for my 80th birthday. You have no idea how much I enjoyed each and every memory. It took me about two months to get my thank you notes and texts written, because I focused on each of you and our shared time together. This required a lot of time, staring out the window and shedding quiet tears of happiness.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And thank you, Dawn, for collecting and organizing so much of this. It was the perfect gift.

And, now: On to 100.

I found this photo on the web. It is not the little guy in the story. It’s just meant to give you a smile.

14 Comments

  • Sharon

    Joan,
    This is a beautiful sharing of a precious moment. Wisdom from the ˋmouths of babeś. I look forward to reading your next 20 years! XOXO Sharon

    • Joan Wink

      Sharon, so glad you appreciate this little moment in time. I was pretty much mesmerized by this little guy and his wisdom and knowledge. He also told me he was kind of a “mathy-kind-of-kid.” I told him that I was a “wordy-kind-of-person.”

  • Sharon Biegen

    Dearest Joan, This story brought tears to my eyes, because it is so precious and “so Joan”! You open our eyes to the simple and beautiful things in life. You are gift to us all!
    Sharon

  • Sharon Biegen

    Dearest Joan, This story brought tears to my eyes, because it is so precious and “so Joan”! You open our eyes to the simple and beautiful things in life. You are gift to us all!
    Sharon

  • Yes, may you live to be one hundred so you might continue all your writing, interacting with meaning to so many friends & admirers
    Blessings,
    🙏 Beth

  • Annie Wilkinson

    Aww what a precious story! And you are such a blessed soul, Joan, that you may live to be 105 years! Love you. xxoo

    • Joan Wink

      This little guy was amazing. So serious. And so matter-of-fact. It just absolutely was gorgeous. Thanks for your generous words.xo

  • Janet Towell

    Dear Joan,
    Your story is so moving and I believe you will live to be 100. My mother plans to be around to be 105!
    You are such a blessing in my life.
    Thank you!!
    Love, Janet

    • Joan Wink

      Janet, your mom is absolutely amazing to me! And what a beautiful family she has. xoxo

  • Diane

    I love the story and hope you live to 100! Children’s words are full of wisdom. All we have to do is listen. 🥰

    • Joan Wink

      This little guy was so serious, and matter fact, when he was speaking to me. It was priceless. xo

    • Joan Wink

      This little guy was so serious, and matter fact, when he was speaking to me. It was priceless. xo

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