Well, here’s the thing: Olive is 94 years old. Yep, 94! She has been mayor for 38 years. But now she is having a bit of trouble getting around, so she thinks its time for someone else to step up and take over.
No, I am not contemplating running for her job. I don’t even live in Texas! But when people ask me retirement oriented questions–which they do more and more frequently–my standard answer has been, “I want to write as long as Agatha Christie did!” (Agatha Christie, you might recall, wrote almost until her death at the age of 85. Still just a spring chicken, Olive Stephens would surely say!)
As much as I continue to admire Agatha’s tenacity, I have decided to rehitch my writing plans to Olive’s star. I think I’ll keep on going until I’m 94, too. Then I’ll turn in my computer and enjoy my retirement.
“After a certain number of years, our faces become our biographies.”