has been a pleasure to meet and work with all of you"…Julia
is truly a living legend. After working with her on a universal
design exhibit for The Smithsonian, Cynthia
Leibrock had to ask, "What are your secrets to aging so
beautifully? What motivates you to continue to contribute into your
answer is her appetite for life. She has never stopped living, taking
risks, facing new challenges, proceeding without fear of failure.
During WWII, Julia volunteered for the OSS devising codes and keeping
track of secret papers in China and India. While most of her girlfriends
were marrying, Julia waited for the love of her life and found passionate
romance that lead to a marriage of equals. Fame came to Julia later
in life as she progressed from cook to writer, from television personality
to America's role model of successful aging.
Riley Fitch says it best in his biography of Julia Child, "She
possessed what Margaret Mead has said were the prerequisites for
an American woman to succeed: superhuman energy and an ability to
outwit the culture's plans for her. She remained in her eighties
the girl who loved peanut butter and raw dough, who cried at movies
and loved cats…She did not take herself seriously in private,
but steeled herself publicly. She was generous, tough, and stubborn.
Her friend, M.F.K Fisher said of herself that age meant she could
"get away with more. Say more of what I want to say and less
of what people want to hear." Julia also got past what Fisher
called the "protective covering of middle years" and became
more incautious. She never joked about age and denied ever having
jet lag or fatigue. She is the opposite of today's victim psychology." There is so much we can learn about Aging Beautifully. Consider a fellowship at the ranch, while you live the lifestyle which leads to health, quality of life, and longevity.