Have you heard about Internet sensation Wanda B. Goines? She may be the only nonagenarian on record to have over 4.6 million views on Facebook.
92-year-old Wanda B. Goines lives in Cave Junction, Oregon in the house built by her father. An artist and a calligrapher, she wrote and illustrated her first published book at age 87: Bunnyfluff Wants to Fly, (Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley, 2010).
One day Wanda Goines shared her poem “The Gift-Wrap & The Jewel” with her caregiver, Kathryn Clausnitzer Wilson. Wilson was so moved, she recorded Goines reciting the poem and posted it to her Facebook page. On the page Wilson describes Goines as “the precious lady I am honored to care for.”
Sharing her wisdom on aging, “living gem” Goines says that as we age it is important “to focus your attention on the inside, not the out.”
Watch the video here:
If you’re not teary-eyed by the end of this video, you may be lacking a pulse.
Here is the original Facebook post, with comments from Goines’ fans.
Click here for the full poem: Gift-Wrap and the Jewel
Video credit: Kate Wilson