Turning 100 is a milestone worth marking in style. But for
Joan Boddy (nee Fraser), it was pretty much just another day
in the life of Joan Boddy.
While she was delighted to see her two children, six
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren come walking up
her footpath yesterday, she was a little embarrassed by the
level of fuss they made of the day.
They were among about 30 people who gathered at the top of
Michie St yesterday morning, and were led by City of Dunedin
Pipe Band piper Jayden Henderson to her front gate where
everyone sang Happy Birthday to her.
''I'm absolutely embarrassed. Lots of people turn 100 - age
just happens,'' she said.
Despite the pomp and circumstance, she was also appreciative
of the cards with birthday wishes from the Queen and Prime
Minister John Key.
The centenarian had no idea what the secret to longevity was.
She said she only gave up cigarettes 20 years ago. However,
keeping an active mind may have had something to do with it,
''I learnt to drive 30 years ago. I suppose you can teach an
old dog new tricks after all.''
Her son Fraser Boddy believed longevity ran in the family. He
said her brother Douglas Fraser was 96 and still alive and
kicking in Wellington. He was unable to travel to be with his
sister on her birthday.
Mrs Boddy said one of the greatest things she had seen in her
lifetime was the changes in lifestyle.
''I've seen changes in the food we eat, the clothes we wear,
even people's morals. It's certainly very different from the
world I was born into.''
She spent yesterday celebrating with family and having a
birthday lunch at Glenfalloch.