Aunt Ruby was my great-aunt; my maternal grandmother’s sister. ¬†She grew up in the community of Wagner, Texas; a farmer’s daughter. ¬†She and my grandmother, Lois married cousins so that even in marriage, they shared the same last name, Thomason. ¬†The two sisters had their differences, though. ¬†Ruby went on to further her education, moved to the big city of Dallas, and worked outside of the home. ¬†My grandmother continued on in the small farming community she was raised in, living right across the road from her childhood home, and there, she raised her two children.
If I was to try to describe Aunt Ruby, I would use the adjective “spunky”. ¬†Even as she progressed in years, she continued to work at Payne’s Grocery in Caddo Mills, Texas. ¬†She walked to work every day. ¬†If a train stopped on the tracks between her house and the store, she simply crawled under it and kept on towards her job as checker. ¬†Every one loved her and called her, “Momma Tom”: ¬†short for Momma Thomason. ¬†She made it her goal to live a productive life. ¬†Her sister, her parents, and even her husband preceded her passing from this life but she strove to make it to her 100th year marker. ¬†She almost made it. ¬†I was honored to attend her 99th Birthday Celebration. ¬†Ruby glowed with all of the attention showered her way. ¬†She was presented with a large box full of cards and well wishes and she wanted to read them all, right then. ¬†They placed a crown on her head and she was so pretty to me‚Ä¶like a child.
I wish she had¬†made it to her 100th, but it was not to be. ¬†Her 99th was her last celebration and I’m glad that her children kept it well.
In her later years, Ruby was asked to make a list, kind of a recipe, of what she felt had let her have such a good, long life. ¬†I am pleased to be able to present you with her list.
RUBY’S LIST FOR A LONG, HEALTHY LIFE
- Get up every morning about 6:30 am.
- Repeat the 23rd Psalm.
- Read the Bible.
- Attend church regularly.
- Devote your life to God.
- Don’t smoke or drink.
- Think of ways to make life more enjoyable for others.
- Stay active‚Ä¶Senior Citizens: working in the yard, cleaning the church, visiting the elderly.
- Have a devoted family like mine‚Ä¶love them like I do!
- Have at least four kids.
- Take vitamins.
- Eat three regular meals a day.
- Drink 1 cup of coffee a day.
- Drink plenty of milk and water.
- Drink a moderate amount of tea.
- Don’t drink carbonated drinks.
- Have lots of hobbies‚Ä¶collecting neat stuff.
- Have a cat that loves you‚Ä¶like Kathy.
Love, Ruby Thomason
Well, it’s too late for me to have a fourth kid, but maybe I can do most of the rest. I especially enjoy tip #10‚Ä¶visiting the elderly. ¬†That just shows you how young Aunt Ruby was in her heart. ¬†I don’t think she ever considered herself to be in that category. ¬†Maybe, there¬†lies her secret.