Because the world we live in may be so demanding and full of diversions, we frequently fail to make time to spend with the people who are most important to us.
It is of the utmost significance to keep up strong connections with members of the family. After all, family members are typically the individuals who have your back regardless of the circumstances.
Despite this, it is not uncommon for people to fail to see their far-flung relatives because they fail to schedule adequate time for the trip.
Not so for Annie Berry, who defied expectations by ringing in 2019 with a 105th birthday party.
The Genesis Larkin Chase Center in Bowie, Maryland, was the location of a recent family gathering at which Barry hosted all FIVE generations of her family. It was time for Barry to meet her great-great-granddaughter, Olivia, the most recent member of her massive family.
In 1914, Berry was born in Meridian, Mississippi, during a time in history when racism and segregation were prevalent throughout the United States. She recalls picking cotton and shucking corn in her younger years and has witnessed many shifts in how the world functions throughout her life.
The environment in which Olivia will mature is, without a doubt, going to be very dissimilar to what Berry experienced (which is unsurprising given their 105-year age gap).
Berry living around for a long time thanks to her “obedience to the Lord,” and she has left a clear set of instructions for her granddaughter Olivia: “I’d like for her to be kind and caring and do what mum says to do.”
Then it’s about time we gave Annie Berry the acclaim she deserves. What a lovely thing it was that Olivia got to meet her great-great-grandmother.