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It’s never too late to discover something new!
Soon to be 101-years-old, Ruby Holt has seen a whole lot throughout her joyous life. She has lived through the course of two world wars, been part of the Great Depression and seen 17 people elected as president. Yet, has not felt a breeze from the ocean nor the sand between her toes.
According to Fox News, Holt, a former cotton picker, has spent her entire life on a farm in Tennessee and has four children. The fact that Holt had never been to the ocean before was brought up in a simple conversation while her grandchildren were playing with water guns in the courtyard at her assisted living center. Mark Davis, the executive director of Brookdale’s Sterling House, learned that Holt wanted to see the ocean before she died and made it happen. When asked how the fact that the woman had never seen the water before, Davis said:
“They did a water gun fight out in the courtyard during the summer and water got brought up, the beach, and that’s what she told the girls, that she had never been.”
With a little help from the Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, the Wish of a Lifetime organization gave the 100-year-old women an all-expense-paid vacation to the Gulf of Mexico. Traveling 400 miles to see the ocean for the first time before her 101st birthday Dec. 13, it was the farthest that Holt has ever been away from home. After finally seeing the ocean, Holt said, “I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. I’d never seen the ocean before. I always wanted to, but I never did get to go.”
The Perdido Beach Resort, where Holt was staying, offered her an array of fresh seafood and even gave her a sea-facing suite for three days.
When Holt arrived in Alabama, the mayor of Orange Beach Tony Kennon and City Administrator Ken Grimes were there to greet her– presenting her with a plaque commemorating her trip, as well as a gift bag from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism.
Want to witness Holt’s first steps in the water? Check out the video…
Never say never! Even at age 100, you can discover something new. Watch the video!