When you are a hundred years old, you might have probably seen a lot of things and visited a lot of places. For Ruby Holt, an elderly grandma who will turn 101 next month, that really hasn’t been the case. Ruby has lived all of her life in her village in rural Tennessee, reports ABC News. According to Alabama.com, Ruby Holt, who has in the course of her lifetime seen two world wars, a Great Depression and 17 presidents, had never seen the ocean, or a beach for that matter, all her life. That changed earlier this week when she finally managed to get to the beach and walk on the sand, feeling the sea breeze for the first time in her life.
Holt, who made a six-hour journey from Columbia, Tennessee, is a resident of the Sterling House senior living facility in Columbia. She managed to fulfill her lifetime dream of seeing a beach after she won the Brookdale Senior Living “Wish of a Lifetime” contest. During an activity at the Sterling House facility, Ruby had expressed her desire to visit a beach because she had never seen one. After she expressed her wish, Sterling House care associates Tracy Marcy and Debbie Surgeon nominated her for the contest. They managed to take her to the Perdido Beach Resort, where the trio spent three days in three sea-facing rooms they had booked.
The report adds that Ruby is making the most of her first visit to the beach. She spent most of her time watching the waves, watching dolphins play and walked the beach and got her feet wet. She also had the opportunity to enjoy what the beach had to offer using a motorized wheelchair specially designed to coast over the sand.
Ruby also enjoyed the fresh seafood that was on offer at the resort. Upon hearing about Ruby’s wish and her arrival at Orange Beach, the city mayor, Tony Kennon, and City Administrator Ken Grimes paid her a visit and gave her a plaque commemorating her trip. She also received a gift bag from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism.
When asked about her first trip to the beach, Ruby Holt said she enjoyed every bit of it.
“I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. I’d never seen the ocean before. I always wanted to, but I never did get to go.”
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