How will you celebrate your 101st birthday?

On her 101st birthday, two twenty-something therapists from Josie’s nursing home took her to the local casino to gamble. After donning a birthday sash and pin, Josie wheeled her walker to a slot machine and put in some quarters. She reported, “It was an absolute thrill.”

Months later, Josie is still talking about it. Sure, she enjoys the shock value associated with her age and birthday destination. But when she tells the story, the gambling really isn’t the most thrilling part to her. It is the generosity and goodness on the part of her new friends, Maria and ___, who took time out of their busy lives to make a lonely old woman very very happy.

Turns out, it was a thrill for her friends too. There, on the wall of the therapists’ office, they have proudly taped up this snapshot.

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