Every year we have an awards ceremony, The Clara Lemlich Awards, honoring women in their 80’s 90’s and 100s for lifetime activism. This year we couldn’t meet but we called the women to see How They Are. This morning I called Bea. An early scientist.
Esther do you remember that I
will be 103 in June Bea said. I’ve probably
got a better memory than you. By the way
my friend is here delivering groceries.
She’s a talented fashion photographer.
Maybe you need one. What do you do?
I don’t remember. Besides the Clara Lemlich
Awards. Do you have a job? I’m still
reading Science Books. The more you learn
the better off you are. I’ve been in my house
for 65 years. You can come out here when
this is over. Maybe for my birthday. Bring a cake.
Everyone says don’t eat cake. They’re nuts. My
next door neighbor is a divorced man. A non-fiction
book editor. He works from home. Sometimes he does
some science books. I think he’s in his sixties now.
He’s a little too young for me.