Top of the Morning, March 16, 2014
A couple things I took away from my 45-minute chat with Virginia Lovingfoss:
— I need to add steak and 7UP to the menu.
— And the next time someone asks me to volunteer, I gotta say yes.
For three hours every Monday and Wednesday, Virginia finds a ride to Urbana where she helps out at a hospital and library. She has volunteered for 27 years and plans on doing it much longer.
She turns 100 in August.
"When you're around people, it peps you up and keeps you going," she said.
Virginia credits her longevity and activity to a healthy attitude if not an entirely healthy diet. "I like 7UP and steak," she said. "Chocolates, too."
Virginia has more energy than someone half her age (me), more friends than a fire marshal recommends (expect an overflow crowd at her 100th birthday bash at the Philo Tavern) and more fun than those kids at Unofficial (last year she rode in a hot-air balloon and on a homecoming float).
She doesn't nap, drives a 2005 Chrysler and probably would win Most Emails Sent In A Day if Clark-Lindsey Retirement Village held such a contest.
"I don't feel 100," she said.
In this season of Lent — when we're urged not so much to give up but help out — Virginia sets the tone. We'll tell more of her story on video at news-gazette.com leading up to her 100th birthday.
So thank her if you see her out ... at Carle, Urbana Free Library, Clark-Lindsey, Krannert Center: if the temperature's above zero, the Philo native will be on the move.
Better yet, volunteer for something. It works for her.
"It makes you feel young," she said.