Wednesday, October 24, 2012

92 and Still Army Strong


 Frances is 92 years old and comes to our YMCA 5 days a week, he is full of vim, vigor and vitality and his humor keeps us all rolling on the floor with laughter. He is Good for the soul and in another life should have been a stand up comic.

 I asked if I could bring my camera the next day and take a few photos, and he said Yes, but i want to stand by this and walked over to our Army Strong food collection soldier. I said be sure to wear a nice T-shirt, he has dozens that entertain us. Today he came in with of all things His ARMY shirt, he used to be in the army.

 Yesterday he came from the dressing rooms and said to four of us standing there. Since I made it to 92 years old, I want a toilet seat with my name on it.
Bob said Will you sign it? Frances replied with "only if it is in the ladies restroom". by this time we were all howling with laughter as was he. there was more that I can't remember, like Bob said, well maybe just a urinal with a sign over it.
After we took a few shots in the lobby, I said will you hold a basket ball? he said I used to play for the YMCA, but I can't play any more. Lola said, can you just hold the ball and pose? and HE DID and He is still for sure Army Strong and a wonderful and funny person to be around. He is the King of One Line Jokes.

36 comments:

Linda said...

Wow! I hope I still have a sense of humor when I'm that old!

BlueShell said...

he is adorable...and he doesn't look to be 92!!! God bless him...
And you, Sandra!

have a wonderful day! ( I'm worried, because weather forecast is rain , thunder...and tornadoes, today and tomorrow. We are not prepared for that for we barely have such weather conditions...)

have a Kiss..
BShell

SquirrelQueen said...

Frances sounds like quite a character. It is great to see someone so full of life at age 92. He gives the rest of us something to shot for.

EM Illustrator said...

You can tell by his eyes that he is witty and have a great sense of humour. Still going strong...it's great to see. Thank you for sharing this!!
Have a great day!

Susannah said...

What a great man and to look so wonderful at 92 years old! But most of all, I want to be that active when I am that age. He is ARMY strong and should be very proud of himself!!!

Deb said...

What a cool guy with a great attitude I love seeing that! You are awesome for sharing him with us

Maple Lane said...

He looks/sounds like a great guy! Nice to enjoy laughs together.

Pam :) said...

Frances is a witty and wise man For sure. Great post, Sandra.

diane b said...

A lovely character portrait. He is wonderful for his age. I wonder what his secret is. How nice of him to pose for you.

Mamabug said...

What an awesome old fella! I bet all his humor has brought him this far in life!

RoeH said...

I'd love to know his story. That's why I love older people. They all have a most interesting story to tell about their lives.

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

What an inspiration!!!

"Auntie"

Miss Debbie said...

Good for him! There is a ninety two year old that goes to the same gym as my hubby. The hubby says (at 65) "he inspires me to keep going!" Nice tribute, Sandra!

Debra Dickinson said...

My new hero! I absolutely LOVE him! Thank you so much for sharing this Sandra. What a wonderful, wonderful inspiring story. Please give him hugZ from TX.

SweetMarie said...

He sounds wonderful! These are fantastic photos of him, you can feel his energy and upbeat personality. :)
Thanks for sharing such an awesome person with us!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I Love to be around people like Frances...sounds like he is fun

TexWisGirl said...

a absolutely adore this man. :) what an inspiration!

Remington said...

AWESOME! He ROCKS! I hope I am like that at 92!

George said...

What a wonderful tribute to Frances. He reminds me of Dad -- Dad was still going strong at 92 as well.

Madi and Mom said...

WTG Frances!!! Laughter and a positive attitude will carry you a long way. Next time you see Frances tell him he has an admirer up in NC
Hugs C

Rose said...

He really sounds like a character...the type of person you are always glad to meet.

From the Kitchen said...

A tip of the hat to an obviously special man!!

Best,
Bonnie

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

I love meeting new people through other blogs. He sounds like a hoot and so glad he's going strong. Loved the toilet seat line.

Kathy said...

I think I'd like to introduce him to my 91-year-old mom.

Amy Burzese said...

What a great post, Sandra. And I think Kathy does need to introduce him to her mom. lol

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

What a wonderful sense of humor!

Ann said...

He sounds like quite the character and a lot of fun to be around.

Dee said...

What a character...you can see the spark in his eyes. :) Are you going to make him a sign ?

Chatty Crone said...

You know what - I think that is great to be 92 and that active - did he give you any secrets? Did you know Billy Graham is going to be 94. Sandie

Muffy's Marks said...

What a delightful gentleman!!! More power to him.

Scott said...

Nice ones. I hope when I'm 92 I can still wear my Army T-shirt and keep people laughing (with me not at me).

Linda said...

Thanks for sharing. Francis sounds and looks like a great guy. Someone young at heart like this must be good to have around.

photowannabe said...

What a delightful gentleman and what a beautiful spirit.
I wish I had his energy.
Sometimes I feel 92 but not his 92.

Grandma C's Place said...

I want to be cool like him when I grow up. lol
Thank you for sharing him with us.

Betty Manousos said...

frances is such an awesome man.
what a beautiful spirit! he certainly is my hero!

Maggie M said...

What a wonderful, sweet story. He looks very fit for his age. Great pictures!