While I have been spending much of each day in the nursing facility here sitting with my wife, the little counter on my blog that keeps track of visits passed the 5 million mark. I have been blogging regularly since June 2009 and taking account of my Paris trips and other vacations from blogging, that comes out to somewhat more than 1100 visits to this blog each day. Now even subtracting my visits and all those of S. Wallerstein, that is over a thousand a day for almost 13 years. I am no Joe Rogan (I had never even heard of him until this latest kerfuffle) but still, that strikes me as a lot. I suppose it all exists somewhere in the cloud.
Yesterday, while I was visiting my wife, I had a simply wonderful experience. When we moved into building five at Carolina Meadows, across the hall from us was living a single lady named Adabel Pozner. Addie, as she is known, is Jewish, born in New York City (or more precisely, in Brooklyn) and when Susie had her little mezuzah mounted on our doorjamb, Addie qvelled. A year and half ago, Addie moved to the nursing facility permanently and yesterday she came downstairs to visit Susie. I found the two of them talking when I walked in yesterday afternoon. After a bit, I started asking Addie questions about her childhood, her marriage, and her life before Carolina Meadows. She talked on for a long time, telling us all about how she met her husband. Her account was charming, a story from another age, and I wish that I had somehow been able to record it.
In September, Addie will turn 100! She is as alert and sharp as ever.