Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy 107th birthday, Mr. Nelson

Four years ago, I posted a note about about my friend and next-door neighbor, Delbert Nelson.

He was a marvel, and he had just celebrated his 103rd birthday.

Well, guess what? We recently joined him to celebrate his 107th birthday. He is as marvelous as ever.

Beyond his obvious longevity, he is an amazing, quick-witted and funny. He needs a walker to get around some days now, but he still exercises and lifts weights to strengthen his legs.

He has lived on his own, largely unassisted, until a little over two years ago. Since that time his nephews and nieces, who live out of state, have been very nice to come and take turns living with him so that he may continue to live in his house. (Incredible gestures.)

His stories of life in Boulder from the early to mid 1900's, as well as his travel to Saipan, Africa, Panama and elsewhere, are engrossing and insightful.

He is a pleasure to be around, and we are very lucky to have him as a friend.

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