Our family is very fortunate. Both of my mother’s parents are still going strong at 91 and 90. What is their secret? Is it sheer stubborn will to never stop? While that could account for a portion of their longevity, I know Mary Ann and Anthony to be smart, resourceful, hard-working, constantly loving their neighbor, and never being idle with their time. That is not to say that they haven’t always had fun. My grandmother is one of the most social people I’ve ever known. She loves a party. She especially loves a pool party. I think I inherited my love of the water from this woman, and it must be a strong gene. For her 90th birthday on Labor Day , the immediate family gathered at my uncle’s house (because he has a pool) to eat, swim, and celebrate our matriarch. We love our “Mommy Ann”. Happy 90th!