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What does she do on the weekends?
"I get junk mail. I strip it and after I strip it, I cut it up in small pieces and put it in the garbage," she says in a broken voice. "I have to do something, otherwise I'd go nuts!"
When employees from the senior center visit and discover how Mary spends her weekends, they're taken aback. "I guess I'd never thought of that. After they leave me and I go home to my own life... what they're doing when they're alone," says one of them, wiping away tears.
But Mary maintains a pragmatic, clear-eyed attitude: "I'm blessed. How many 98-year-olds are still walking on their feet? I am. And I want to for as long as I still can."
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