It's not every day that you get to break bread with someone who has lived 100 years.
On Sunday, I had the privilege, along with many wonderful and supportive local folk, of celebrating with our friend Lucille Machon. A splendid and remarkable birthday event for Lucy was encouraged and hosted by the Rigas family at The House of Pizza with probably 100, give or take, family members and friends in attendance.
Lucy was her usual exuberant self. One hundred years does not seem to have altered her willingness to be present, share her life, welcome visits and respond enthusiastically to the attention she receives from others. It is such a joy to see her smile.
Part of the fun we all had visiting with Lucy was amplified by small personal reunions. Townspeople of all ages gathered to share hugs and good wishes. Sometimes it's just plain nice to get together with people you've known for years. A perfect opportunity for us all to say hi to Lucy and each other.
We got to know Lucy best through her work at the Boothbay Harbor Post Office. An unforgettable crew included postmaster Arnie Brewer, Mary Ann Hahn, Betsy Norton, Harry Pinkham, Rocky Lewis and George Gould. We made frequent trips to the Post Office then. I helped my then "girlfriend," Susan Endicott, pack and ship LPs and cassettes for Danilo Konvalinka and the Merry Music Box. Douglas Henderson was making new recordings faster than Chief Leighton Davis could direct traffic. A day didn't seem complete without a last-minute rush to see Lucy and the gang. We became family.
Happy birthday Lucy and many happy returns. Thank you for being you and for allowing us all to share your day.