My best friend and I have been going strong for just over three decades at this point, and while neither of us is getting out of this friendship anytime soon, eight decades still seems like a long ways off.
For Olive Woodward and Kathleen Saville, though, the decades might have seen them following their own paths, but those roads have wound around and come back together again eighty years on – at the same care facility.
The pair met when they were just 11, at primary school in Nottingham back in 1941. They were neighbors, as well, and grew up best friends.
They married men who worked at the same company and lived on the same road as adults, as well, and staying close through all of life’s ups, downs, and the daily stuff in between.
After 35 years of marriage, Kathleen’s husband died in 1989. She lived on her own for many years afterward before moving into Berry Hilly Park, a care home in Mansfield.
Olive was married 50 years before her husband died, and she too lived alone for a while…before joining her best friend in Berry Hill Park.
Now 89, the pair are the oldest women in the facility (though they’re sure they don’t look a day over 63, and we agree!).
“I’m so glad Olive is here now,” Kathleen confided to Bored Panda. “We’re like giggling schoolgirls, and we still put on our lippy and get dressed up. We always say to each other ‘if you’ve got it, flaunt it.'”
The women also admit to “knocking the staff into shape” and to racing the managers around just for fun. They love to laugh together, and age isn’t going to stop them having a good time.
They’re definitely #goals! Just 50 more years and I’ll be there myself (at least I hope so), and I can’t think of a better way to spend my golden years than raising cane with my bestie!