“As old as I am, I said, ‘I have never done nothing exciting,’” she said. “I just decided on my own, nobody talked me into it. I just decided right quick that I wanted to do it. That’s all there was to it.”
And she did. Gracie said the plane ride was her favorite of the three vehicles.
“Oh yes siree, that was the most enjoyable thing I have ever done,” she exclaimed. “But I liked to ride the motorcycle too. It was fun, that great big ol’ thing. I just felt like I was flying.”
Gracie moved to Mineral Wells in 1989 with her second husband. The two had been on vacations in the United States before, but Gracie said that was as exciting as things ever got. Her first husband, she said, was “too scared to get out of the yard hardly.”
Her second husband died about two years ago and Gracie said she still hasn’t gotten over it. But she said she has great neighbors, like Darrel, who have helped her through and make her feel at home.
“I have had a lot of fun since we’ve been over here with people around here,” she said. “They’ve all been so good to me since my husband passed away.
They’ve just taken me under their wing and carried me. You can’t beat these neighbors around here. It’s just a wonderful place to live.”
Now Gracie said the next adventure her friends and family want her to take on is a ride in a hot air balloon. But Gracie is not so sure.
“I don’t know about that. I’m going to have to look into that,” she said.
When asked if she would let the Index know if and when she does decide to go up in a hot air balloon, Gracie had this to say:
“Well I’ll do that because you’ll hear me all over the country hollering.”
It appears age has certainly not dulled Gracie’s spirit, nor her sense of humor. In her words, it “just doesn’t bug her to be older.” Perhaps that’s a lesson we can all learn from.