Can you imagine what it would’ve been like to be 21 in 1920 and still alive today? Can you imagine what you would’ve seen and lived through? Well, Jeralean Talley of Michigan, who turned 114 yesterday, was born on May 23, 1899 and she’s lived through some of America’s most tumultuous upheavals. From Jim Crow to World Wars to the Civil Rights movements to the first black president, she’s been around to see it all.
Yesterday her friends threw Ms. Talley, who they lovingly refer to as Mother Talley, a lunch to celebrate her 114th birthday and encourage Talley to share a few words of wisdom.
The centenarian, who bowled until she was 101 and still has enough energy to dance, had a few words of wisdom for people at her birthday gathering. As far as nutrition is concerned, Talley says she drinks coffee and not wine.
Talley also encouraged everyone to use common sense.
“I don’t have much education but what little sense I got, I try to use it” concluded Talley.
Talley is the oldest person in America and the third oldest person in the world.
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