Friday, August 24, 2012

Country Critters - Portraits of an Island People

We live in the rural areas of northern Okinawa, away from the bright city lights that my wife is used to and loves. The house is the one that her grandparents lived in from the mid 1960’s till they went on to their rewards a few years back. They passed on about five years apart but both of them lived to ripe old age of 99. Gramps probably would have lived longer. He had genetics working in his favor as his mother lived to be 106. But, he decided that he didn’t want to live that long so he took up drinking and smoking when he turned 90 and finally retired from full-time farming. I think that may in part be what drove Granny to an early gave.

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