If I happened to be around, they would ask me, "Is that true? Is she really 100."
"Is that what she said?" I'd reply.
Mama was probably in her mid-80s when people started wanting to know about her age. At first, I'd laugh, and say something like "She's pulling your leg." Only if they asked would I say how old Mama truly was.
When Mama was in her 90s, I would simply reply, "That's what she said."
Whatever I replied, they'd respond, "She's strong for her age." Or, "She looks good for her age."
Of course. She spent nearly every day of her 29 years of retirement working in her yard, making it pretty with succulents, flowers, vegetables, and fruit trees.
What better way for me to celebrate Mama's birthday than to take cuttings of her red geraniums and citronella geraniums and plant them along the fence.
Cheers to The Mama!