For Dorothy Flowers’ 108th birthday, staff at her care home hoped to accrue 108 cards from strangers all over the world to make the event even more meaningful.
After putting out the call for cards on Facebook, the post went viral and the response far exceeded the staff’s expectation. Flowers rang in her 108th year with 654 cards along with a range of gifts — one of them being a bottle of champagne, Flowers’ favorite beverage.
The centenarian celebrated her birthday surrounded by friends and family — “she’s always been happiest when surrounded by others,” her niece, Judith, told HuffPost UK — and, of course, a tall glass of Moët.
“[Dorothy’s] real secret for longevity has to be champagne. It’s the only thing we ever see her finish a glass of. Needless to say, we’ve been toasting her birthday,” Resident Experience Manager Helene Ballinger told Metro. “No one said life in a care home had to be boring.”
With the combination of the cards, the copious amount of bubbly, and lots of flowers and chocolate, Flowers felt very loved. “I’m lucky to have made many happy memories during my life,” she said with assistance from her caretaker. “Even at 108, I’m still making more.”
What’s the secret to a long life?
Dorothy is another hero on the ever-expanding list of centenarians who attribute their long lives to their most beloved food and drinks. These valorous individuals include a 102-year-old woman who recommends we all “have a beer” and two 109-year-olds — one who had some whiskey every night and another whose devotion to bacon was simply unparalleled.