The Ratliff's: Seven Decades of Married Life in Trenton
Jay Ratliff, 91, and his beloved wife, Mary Ratliff, 89, have lived a full life. Married for 71 years, they have raised six children, helped raise their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and still spend most Tuesday evenings at the local dance hall. Over the years, however, Jay's health has declined. Now he carried an oxygen tank everywhere and his condition precludes long-distance travel. Yet, despite his deteriorating condition, Jay stays positive, independent and active.
- Jay Ratliff, 91
- Married for 71 years, Mary still gets excited at the sight of her Jay returning from his daily morning walk to the grocery store.
- After his morning walk, Jay often sits in his favourite chair and waves at passing cars.
- Jay often wakes up between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. to prepare for the day.
- On his morning walk, Jay has been known to speak to everyone he passes including dogs.
- Mary keeps some of her indoor plants inside her bathroom.
- Mary keeps her neighbourhood tidy by picking up rubbish that she found in front of her house.
- Jay and Mary dance to a country tune at the Trenton Senior Center.
- Mary whispers to Jay during an evening out with their children at the Country Cupboard Restaurant in Jamesport.
- Jay collects cucumbers from his garden. In order to stay active, he does his own gardening whenever he can.
- Jay enjoys a conversation with his friends during his regular visit to the Trenton Senior Center.
- Jay and Mary read newspapers while waiting for their daughter to take them out for an evening of dancing. Their eyesight has worsened in recent years and it requires them to use magnifying glasses.