I eat more than I know I should.
I drink a lot. They say that's not good.
I sit for hours, just watching TV.
I don't sleep much, but that's fine with me.
They say this is harming my health,
not to mention it's hurting my wealth.
Still, I won't change. That's my prerogative.
I am ninety-nine years old. I'll live.
Lauretta E. Hertel is a born-and-raised Washingtonian who has enjoyed many years of being a nanny, and is looking forward to dedicating more time to writing and photography in her retirement.
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