Me, Morrie

I sit, rock and wonder.

Why am I still here and functioning? 

Am I a freak?

What did I do right?

I know what I did wrong (like smoking two packs of cigarettes a day and when I got home I switched to my pipe).

Morrie, I’m often asked, “What’s your secret?” (Maybe because I never inhaled). Perhaps, I wish I can give my longevity, if I had any, to them.

Betty and I did do something that I believe extended our lives. Almost every day, depending on the weather, before breakfast, we walked around Silver Lake, a distance about 3 miles (it took us less than an hour).

Our secret? Could be.

We outlived all of our friends.

If I have a secret, it’s walking, keeping active during the day.

Legs need to be exercised.

So – my secret may be that I walk, and despite my age (107) I still walk.

I use a folding walker. I walk around my apartment at least five times before breakfast.

When Danny sees me walking, he gives me the “thumbs up.” It’s what he should be doing, he knows it, but doesn’t.

For sure, sitting all day and watching TV is not conducive to longevity.

Walking may be my secret.

(June 22, 2021)

Author: Morrie Markoff

Centenarian (born in 1914) who lives in Los Angeles, and is also a metal sculpture artist and the Author of "Keep Breathing," available on and other book seller sites.