World's oldest person: an 'extra-precious' Baptist

Violet Mosse-Brown “baptized at age 13, became the world’s oldest person after the April 15 death of Emma Morano of Italy, also 117.” BPNews


What I like and don’t like about “oldest person” stories:

Like: The funny & conflicting “advice”. Can go like this:

  • OP A: Never touched whiskey
  • OP B: Shot of whiskey every day at breakfast
  • OP C: Never eat bacon
  • OP D: BLT for daily lunch
  • OP E: Only eat cookies

Don’t like: Soon to be toppled oldest person “pedestal”

Good to finally see a Baptist as the oldest person … like the Cubs winning the W/S

I condensed the article down to this:

“When people ask what me eat and drink to live so long, I say to them that I eat everything, except pork and chicken, and I don’t drink rum and dem tings.”

“I love the church.”

“I live by the grace of God and I am proud of my age!”

-Violet Mosse-Brown, age 117, born March 30, AD 1900 in Jamaica. She was baptized at age 13 and is a member of Trittonville Baptist Church, Duanvale, Jamaica. She has a son who is 96 years old. Violet is the world’s oldest living person; her son is considered the oldest with a living parent.

From BP article; 4-18-2017.

Last night our church members enjoyed hearing her story.

I will probably put the above in our church bulletin.…

David R. Brumbelow

The anecdotes Jim points to speak to (a) most of our total inability with statistics and recognition of anecdotes and (b) our desire to have something simple and easy to live a long, happy life. We don’t want to give up all our pleasures, but we might be persuaded to spend five minutes a day on a life-giving exercise if it promises us another 30 years of life.

For my part, I noticed something about her that might have contributed to her long life; her work growing sugarcane. From what I’ve read, it’s hard, brutal work that not everybody can do. So she started with stern stuff and probably made it sterner!

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.