An Adultitis Fighter is someone who rallies against rules that don’t exist and engages in ruthless, senseless acts of silliness that undermine Adultitis and its unadventurous version of adulthood. Once a month, we shine a light upon the most remarkable among us, holding them up as a dazzling example of what we should strive for in this epic battle against a formidable enemy.
Kim and our daughter Lucy had a really neat experience meeting Ruby for the first time. It was on a week night at around 9 pm. A mutual friend (Cheri Neal – a recent Adultitis Fighter of the month) was shocked to learn that both Kim and Lucy had never heard someone yodel before and this needed to change! So, she called up Ruby and away they all went to her house for a spontaneous visit. Not only did Ruby welcome the three of them with open arms, she enthusiastically played a song for them on her guitar (“Hey Good Lookin’”) before yodeling beautifully in her pajamas…at 9:30 PM!
Yep, Kim knew immediately that Ruby was a true Adultitis Fighter. Her spunky attitude, her willingness to be spontaneous, and her caring and silly style made Kim and Lucy feel welcome instantly. She shared tips for living a long life, like she has. Two of her tips included shaking her body everyday to get all of the blood flowing, and taking a 10-minute walk every day. Ruby’s love for life and people are two evident gifts she shares with the lucky folks who call her friend.
In recognition of their efforts, Adultitis Fighters of the Month receive a special mini-canvas hand-painted by Jason, along with a certificate of honor, a sweet patch, and other Adultitis-Fighting tools. We asked Ruby some questions about how she fights the Big A and what advice she has for others…
What are some of your favorite ways to fight Adultitis?
Early morning I do the giggle, go for a short walk, and thank God for all his blessings.
Who or what has been the greatest influence in your own fight against Adultitis?
With my health instructor’s help, I have lost 68 pounds. Also learned how to cook and eat healthy.
What is something you loved doing as a child that you still do in some form today?
As a young child I learned to do the southern yodel, also to sing and play guitar as I still do at the ripe old age of 94. I also sang at church. I love to dance to Chuck Berry’s Roll Over Beethoven!
What is your strategy for dealing with people who are obviously infected with Adultitis?
Try to be with happy people, someone you can have fun with. Laughter is better than medicine. You grow old when you stop laughing.
What advice do you have for someone who is feeling overwhelmed by Adultitis?
Join a Red Hat Society group, having fun is a must in that group. I belong to two groups. It is sure to cure whatever ails you.
Congrats to Ruby Faye Smith, August 2018 Adultitis Fighter of the Month. Thank you for making the world more awesome!