I last visited her in 2010. I wanted Via to meet her and to see my mother’s hometown. Tita Luz was 96 then. It sort of just got stuck in my mind that she’s 96 and I would always refer to her as my “96-year old aunt.” So I was shocked to realize she’s now 99. She’s still active, putters around her house and is updated with the news. You wouldn’t know she’s 99.
She told me that she took care of my mother when my Mom was little because she’s 15 years older. When I was little, I spent my summer vacations with her in the province. Those were some of the best times in my childhood. I’m happy that she got to see Via. Three generations now.
I have always marveled at people who live to their 90s. What is the secret? I think it’s being able to let go of things that we cannot control. My aunt has always had a strong faith in God. She always set time for prayers everyday, morning and evening. I hope to emulate her faith and trust in God. Letting go and putting my trust in Him means letting go of stress and everything else that makes life difficult.
Hopefully, we will get to visit her again this summer.