The third woman in a family celebrated her 100th birthday after her two elder sisters had reached that distinctive mark just years ago.
Julia Kopriva, the oldest sister, celebrated her 104th birthday on Nov. 5, followed by her youngest one, Frances Kompus who marked her 100th birthday on Nov. 11. Lucy Pochop, the middle sister, welcomed her 102-year-old birthday on Jun. 11, Newsner reported.
The siblings have lived quite close to each other. Lucy and Julia lived alone in apartments door-to-door to each other, just a few blocks away from Frances’s location.
They all have become grandmothers and widows, after enjoying early days of childhood together on a farm in the Beardsley’s small town, Kansas.
They have experienced hardships together, “used to walk to school,” although the distance was “a mile and three-quarters.”
“It was a long walk,” Lucy said.
In their memory, the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl appear to have been even harder times, Newsner reported.
“It was dark sometimes. The teachers would call the parents, and, you know, to come and get us from school. Then, we had old homes, and at the bottom, my mother would always put wet towels so the dirt wouldn’t be so bad to come in,” Julia said.
They supposed that the younger generation probably found it hard to believe what they had undergone.
“We work today, but we worked harder those days,” they recalled.
They had been forced to provide gasoline in 5-gallon buckets to their father on the farm in those difficult days. Then, they had chances, stopping by at the creek, catching frogs on their road heading home.
Their father had managed the farm himself, without any assistance of modern tractors, and passed away at the age of 98.
The siblings compared the current life with the past life without the internet and modern luxuries.
“We have got refrigerators and deep freezers. We didn’t have that those days,” Lucy recounted.
Going through challenging days has not made the sisters lose their respect for their family or faith for their long lives, and even the fine food they had the luck to enjoy.
“We always had homemade bread, just plain potatoes, and gravy and meat. With those cookstoves, that was hard to bake. The temperature was hard to keep. Even if it didn’t come out good, we still ate it,” Julia laughed.
“I am thankful for us girls being together all the time, my parents and my faith,” she said.
Taking faith as the first priority, being grateful for family, and “walk a lot” are the advice they send the younger generation from their precious experience.