08 December 2011

Eat Your Vegetables

Even though Friday is her “official birthday,” every day is celebration for 105-year-old Agnes Gatlin.

Gatlin, who will be honored with a party at Savannah Terrace at 2 p.m. Friday, said while “things don’t work quite like they should anymore,” she still looks forward to every sunrise – something she attributes to her father’s love of vegetables.

“My daddy was a hard-working man,” Gatlin said. “He was a farmer. He wanted us to go to college and get an education so we wouldn’t have to work in the hot sun all day.

“Out of us six children, five of us got a degree,” she said. “I plowed a field one time, and that was enough for me.

“Daddy always had something growing,” she said. “We’d finish one thing and they’re would be another to eat right behind it.

“Nowadays, they put all that stuff on your food,” she said. “I think it’s because of my diet that I’ve lived so long. I’ll tell you the secret – it’s vegetables.


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