100 {+ Counting}

I had the incredible fortune of photographing three centenarians last week for Meals On Wheels, one of whom STILL VOLUNTEERS for them, helping to serve meals from their NW location.  I could have spent hours listening to their stories, but as it was, they had jobs to do and birthday parties to attend, so our time was brief.  In that time though, I was able to glean tidbits of lives proudly lived...  Waldo's love for his wife has remained well beyond their 75 years of marriage.  And every Tuesday, he takes a bus across town to serve meals to people much younger than his 100 years.  A Reed graduate and professor, who was also married to a fellow Reed alum, Harris is the definition of a Reedy...as well as a veteran of the famed 10th Mountain Division during WWII.  And though Maude wasn't as forthcoming with her life's story, she had an air of someone who has looked life straight in the eye...and with a twinkle in her own, refused to blink.

Their voices may have been softened by age, but their impact on me personally was tremendous {and has inspired me to extend this into a personal project to photograph others who have reached this remarkable milestone}.  I was in complete awe of them and whatever their secret sauce is that has seen them through.  In my mind, they are warriors, as they have continued to put one foot in front of the other, and do it with grace and a smile, even after 100 years of life's knocks.

*Rather than don a hair net, Waldo constructed this hat from salvaged wood and cardboard and wears it with pride when he volunteers.

*Rather than don a hair net, Waldo constructed this hat from salvaged wood and cardboard and wears it with pride when he volunteers.

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