This 94-year-old's last bucket list item was 5 seconds on TV to say 3 words.

By any measure, Shirley Batchelder has lived a long, "fantastic" life.

At 94 years old, she paints, dons pink flowers in her hair, spends time with family, and runs bingo with her friends. She was married for 57 years to a curly-haired man who was "handsome as can be," she told WSMV Channel 4 News, and is accepting visits from friendly strangers at Steeple Chase Manor retirement home.


GIFs via WSMV Channel 4.

Although Shirley's had a great life, she had one remaining item on her bucket list.

Hike the Rockies? Kiss the Blarney Stone? Swim with dolphins? Nah.

This nonagenarian wanted to buy five seconds of commercial time on TV so she could share a powerful but simple three-word message with her community.

So she reached out to WSMV to see if it was possible. Instead of charging her for the air time, however, the Nashville-based station decided to do a story on her instead, New York Daily News reported, to give her more than enough time to get her message out.

What were the three words Shirley wanted to share?

GIFs via WSMV Channel 4.

Love. One. Another. You heard it from Shirley, folks.

I can't think of a better use of five seconds or a more perfect three words to share. Because sometimes we all need reminding: We're all in this together.

According to WSMV, Shirley is now "quite happy that her bucket list is empty."

Watch WSMV's segment on Shirley below:

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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