Active, Spiritual, and Autonomous at 72
...rather go to God. She did not want to burden her family, though they want to take care of her. She admitted feeling sorry for herself sometimes, when she wanted to open a bottle of milk, and she could not: “I don’t like self-pity. But sometimes, I feel it. But I don’t dwell on it.” Shirley underscored that she keeps herself active by walking everyday and doing some gardening. She also reads novels, mostly historical ones: “I am history and I love history too. It makes sense, right?” Shirley... ? Active, spiritual, and autonomous at 72 18 July Some people think that old people are sickly and controlling. But Shirley Smith, Filipino American and 72 years old, proved me wrong. I interviewed her on July 8,...