In a moving moment, a 100-year-old woman sees the ocean for the first time and cannot believe the sight. Ms. Ruby Holt, who has spent a majority of her century-long life in Tennessee, was given the opportunity recently to visit the ocean and see the beautiful waters, which she has never done before. She was said to laugh a bit, enjoying the water, but her visit was a brief one due to the chilly day. AP Latest News reveals this Thursday, November 20, 2014, that Holt got her wish granted just before her 101st birthday.
There’s many things Ruby Holt has experienced in her past years, but this 100-year-old woman seeing the ocean for the first time is surely not a thing to miss. Because Ms. Holt was born and raised in Tennessee, she apparently never got around to seeing much outside of cornfields and the quaint rural life. Having worked hard over the past decades providing for her family, raising several children, and picking cotton for money, she never had the energy to actually see wide open world.
Until now — a special partnership provided by an organization that affords wishes to the elderly working in tandem with Ruby’s assisted living center allowed for her to take an all-paid trip down to the Gulf of Mexico. Once there, for the very first time, this 100-year-old woman had a beautiful view of the beach, the waves, and the blue ocean water at large.
According to KLS News this morning, Holt loved the whole journey. She was said to laugh as the Gulf waters lapped against her feet, and with the help of aides from the assisted living community, she was even able to walk through across the shore. However, due to the water being quite cold this time of year, her brief visit didn’t last too long, and in less than an hour, this 100-year-old woman was ready for a well-deserved rest.
Ruby was said to be in awe at the sheer size of the sea. Yet with November well underway and it being unseasonably chilly this time of year, the 100-year-old who saw the ocean for the first time was often heard saying, “It’s so cold!”
She may be old, but Holt is certainly still with it. The elderly lady said she was very grateful for the opportunity to visit the ocean, and that she feels blessed for the experience. The trip itself was provided for her via the Wish of a Lifetime organization and her home center, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions of Columbia. Holt was said to enjoy the view, but tired quickly after her trip. Nonetheless, it is likely something that she will never forget, especially with her 101st birthday right around the corner this December.
“I’ve heard people talk about it and how wonderful it was and wanted to see it, but I never had the opportunity to do so,” Holt said. “We don’t have nothing like this in Giles County.”