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RIP Olive Riley

By raincoaster

Olive Riley, proud Australian and, at 108 reputedly the world’s oldest blogger, has died. Her last blog post described her impromptu concert for her new roommate and the nursing staff (she sang daily, and frequently posted her Greatest Hits to YouTube).

Here is Olive describing how to bathe a baby using a tin pan and a wood stove. “The trick is to keep the baby warm” eh? No, the trick is to keep the baby intact, I would think. When you think about the size of some of the pioneer families, it’s truly shocking to realize just how much hard work went into raising them.

4 Responses to “RIP Olive Riley”

  1. Phyllis Says:

    Well, certainly harder work in physically raising them, but I’d wager less work in emotionally raising them, those being simpler times. My favorite exchange:

    “So you’d throw the baby bathwater out?”
    “NO – the next kid needs a wash!”

    Indeed. Use it up, wear it out, make it do – or do without. Wonderful – a priceless oral history Glinda, thank you!

  2. Glinda Says:

    Thanks, but it was raincoaster who brought you this little gem! ­čÖé

  3. Phyllis Says:

    opps. I feel really stupid now. Thanks RC!

  4. raincoaster Says:

    Eh, no worries! You’re welcome!

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