When her friend needed a ride, Evelyn didn't hesitate to do the unthinkable — she voluntarily went to the DMV.
Interviewer: How old are you?
Interviewee: 97. I'll be 98 in October. I live in a retirement community and we used to have a bus here to take people to the grocery store twice a week. And, they gave that bus up. I don't know why. So, a lot of people were stuck around here like my neighbor, Joyce, who is a very shy person.
She said to me, "Well, if they don't get another bus, they'll find another place for me to live." And she says, "I just don't wanna go anywhere else." I said, "Joyce, I'll get you to the grocery store every week."
But I lost my driver's license, because somebody thought I was too old, but I didn't have a mark against me at all. I was heartbroken at that. I really was. It made me feel old. It made me feel useless. I am a good driver. I really am. I'm not fearful when I drive, but I'm very careful.
Interviewer: Are you a hotrodder?
Interviewer: You drag race a lot?
Interviewee: Well, I drive 65. But, I obey the rules, so I went to get it back. You make a promise… It's important for me to keep that promise, if it's possible.
And, I passed it. I'm on the earth. I'm here. If I can contribute, I should. Shouldn't we all? And not just think of ourselves?
It's supposed to get real cold.
Like I say, I don't have money to give, but I can give myself, and my time. A lot of people in the world who don't have anybody who cares about them. So, that's the way I felt. We're asked to love our neighbor, be a friend. That will give you joy. I mean, I don't do this so you think I'm great. I don't even think of that.
My daughter says, "Mother, you shouldn't do this. You shouldn't do that," and I'll say, "Well, okay." And, like I say, I do what I please. I wouldn't do anything dangerous, but, you know.
How about a cup of tea? Would you like a cup of tea and a muffin?
Interviewer: Oh, I'm good. No, I'm good. Thank you. It sounds like a big wasp coming.
Interviewee: Oh, she's trimming. They do the . . .
Interviewer: Oh, she is trimming. Wow.
Interviewee: They do the yard on Mondays.