Age is no barrier for 100-year-old guest at Averill's Ranch
Whoever said ‘age is no barrier’ hit the nail on the head when it comes to the case of Meredith Trow ‘MT’ Morrison from Albert Lea, Minnesota (pictured below). At 100 years old, MT certainly didn’t show his age when he recently took up the reins on a dude ranch vacation at Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge, enjoying a week at the Montana guest ranch participating in all the ranch activities – including western horseback riding!
So what is MT’s secret to such a long life? “Good genes, I guess,” says the centurian. “I haven’t done anything unusual to get there – I’m just lucky, that’s all.” With his two brothers still going at the ages of 92 and 88, MT must be right about the genes. With family spanning across the United States – from the reaches of Boston and Las Vegas to Coral Gables, Florida – MT boasts seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Back in his younger days, MT graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1929 before attending the University of Minnesota for two years for general studies, and he remained there until he was drafted. And didn’t spend his century of life alone. In 1932 MT married June Peterson, of Clarks Grove, and together they had three boys – John, Mike and Toby. Sadly, June passed away in 2001.
MT remains philosophical about his years: "I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn gray, and to have youthful laughs be forever etched into deep groves in my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn to silver.”
As far as the inspirational MT is concerned, life only gets better with age: “As you get older it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think, and I don't question myself anymore – I've earned the right to be wrong. I’m not going to live forever, but while I am here, I won’t waste time lamenting what I could have been or worrying about what will be. And I’ll eat dessert every day if I feel like it!"
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