90 ROSES

 May 3, 2012

     Happy Birthday Deborah Szekely! 90 roses to you!

     This invincible woman and founder of Rancho La Puerta was greeted at 6am this morning outside of her original Rancho La Puerta house with a large group of mariachis and 150 or so of her friends and family. This Mexican birthday tradition, called Mananitas, has been a part of her life since the early 60's.

     I ran into her after lunch as she was pointing out to an employee an arrangement of 90 roses that needed watering. She doesn't miss a thing. She confided in me that she had received three baskets of 90 roses that morning!

    Then she told me that after breakfast she proceeded to climb the famous Ranch mountain hike (a serious uphill 1 1/2 hour hike) with her grandchildren another annual birthday event and after a huge birthday celebration (1500 people) on Sunday would fly out Monday to Washington D.C. for meetings.

     So for those people have the belief system that we are slowing down as we get older let's shine our light on this remarkable woman whose determination and focus has shined her light on so many.