As Time Goes By


Joan portrait

 

It’s a truism that time goes by faster as you grow older. Last week Myrna and I took Joan to The Mountainaire Tavern to celebrate her birthday. Joan commented on how quickly the summer had passed.

Joan's bday

Joan Roff is my hero. She has bounced back from adversity this year. In December, she was run over by a truck. Stemming from that, she had to have extensive dental work, brain surgery, and physical therapy. Her six-year-old dog Rosie died from a heart attack and her cat expired this summer from disease and old age. Yes, all that was devastating, but she’s rebounded back to be an optimistic person who glows with her gusto for life.

Joan meticulously takes care of her own life and finances but is also in charge of her brother’s affairs since he is in a nursing home in their hometown in North Dakota. She communicates daily with her children and is involved in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

After her husband died more than ten years ago, she adjusted well to living alone. She is happy to answer to no one and live independently.

Like me, she loves live music. Here’s a photo of Larry, the guitar player for the Mother Road Trio, playing to Joan at the Southside Tavern in Flagstaff.

Joan at Southside

Although she doesn’t do international travel now, she’s been to every continent except Antarctica. She understands technology enough to enjoy email, Internet searches, and to stream programs onto her television. She paints portraits of her friends’ dogs, plays bridge, and goes out with her friends. I am honored to be one of them.

 

 

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One Response to “As Time Goes By”

  1. Alexis Koch Says:

    God bless her!

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