My grandson is typing answers from me. I will turn 100 years old this Wednesday. I am mentally sharp and will answer almost anything asked!

Proof -- picture just taken

EDIT: Thank you for the interest! I stay up late at night and will get to all your questions ASAP! My grandson is leaving for a little bit but when he gets back we'll get going again.

EDIT: It's been fun. Thank you all! I'm getting tired and going to stop for a bit. We may come back and answer more later.

EDIT: From Grandson: We will likely come back and get to the most popular questions. If I had to do this over again, I would have started asking her the most popular questions first, but I just went to my inbox and answered as they came in. Perhaps I'll have her do an AMA on the Civil War question -- that seemed like it has the most interest as far as a sustainable Q/A by itself.

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Exedous1801 karma

Mam, you don't look a day over 75.

LulaMott1558 karma

Well I appreciate you saying that.

SickWilly1416 karma

You look fabulous! Congratulations on winning life.

LulaMott2573 karma

When will I get my money?

[deleted]1235 karma

How do you feel about comparisons between the economy now and the Great Depression?

LulaMott1589 karma

People get help from the government now but during the Great Depression in the 30s there was no help. I think it was much worse then. I'm sure a lot of people went hungry.

colemanwilli1103 karma

do you remember your first crush?

LulaMott2050 karma

Oh yes. Definitely. And I really never got over it.

pecamash1080 karma

What are your feelings with regards to kids on your lawn?

LulaMott1557 karma

I think it's great if you have a lawn if they want to play on it.

letdogsvote968 karma

First off, congratulations. For questions...:

  1. What has been the single most significant change or development that you have observed over your lifetime? Men on the moon? Computers? Medical advancements? etc...

  2. If you had to boil down your best advice for those younger than you into three points, what would those points be?

LulaMott1430 karma

  1. Medical advancements, I would say.
  2. a. A great sense of humor; b. be an optimist; c. listening to funny jokes!

sublimecitrus963 karma

You're two days older than my great grandma who turns 100 on Friday. I hope you have a wonderful 100th birthday!

... with lots of cake.

LulaMott852 karma

Thank you!

shw5944 karma

In which decade did women look best?

LulaMott1694 karma

I think they looked the best in the 1930s or the 1940s.

CentWafer832 karma

What do you miss that doesn't exist/isn't in use anymore.

LulaMott1515 karma

The wind up telephone.

NotMyNormal382 karma

Is this a rotary phone, or something even older and cooler that I don't know about?

LulaMott1731 karma

It looked like a horn. It was on a box. You picked the horn up and winded up like a windless on a well -- they way they used to draw water up. It had a thing you wind with that stuck out of the box and you would wind and an operator would say, "Hello, may I help you?" I used to pay 10 cents at Spot Harper's store to use it.

gingerninja1811 karma

What is the the best experience you had as a child that you feel/fear children today don't have today?

LulaMott1600 karma

I was free to roam around the countryside if I wanted to with other children. Now children have to be very careful because there are so many perverts out there. I walked a mile to school.

Zariwoop1579 karma

Uphill both ways!

LulaMott1461 karma


toad2711796 karma

More shocking moment for you. Bombing of Pearl Harbor or 9/11?

LulaMott1451 karma

I would have to say Pearl Harbor was the most shocking.

x5h21q2392 karma

How about the Kennedy Assassination? Do you remember where you were?

LulaMott842 karma

I had driven to work that day and when I got out of my car a friend of mine got out of her car and told me about it. I had not had the radio on.

Bucky_Ohare731 karma

How did you feel after knowing that not only did you grow up past the Great War, but that you actually were of age to know and experience the real effects of WWII. Did you actually join any of the women's manufacturing movements? (rosie the riveter, etc, the drive for a female workforce)

Also, I'd really like to hear your take on both the desegregation events and Suffrage movements! Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, happy B-day (soon!) :D

LulaMott1537 karma

I was working in textiles during WWII.

I never liked segregation, I think we are all equal. I didn't believe in segregation. A lot of my friends were black and I liked them really well. I had better black friends than white ones.

I think women should always have had the opportunity to vote because they're just as smart as men. I can't understand why women were so long getting to vote.

jhdawg719 karma

Can you tell us something about your grandparents or the oldest relative that you can remember?

LulaMott1300 karma

The oldest relative was a great aunt. She lived through the Civil War and her husband was in the Civil War. My grandma on my momma's side was a farmer and my daddy's side -- his daddy and momma were farmers. They lived good lives being farmers.

Epsilon76689 karma

Needless to say, you've experienced some very significant and memorable things in your life, but if you could forget all prior knowledge of a certain event what would it be? Whether it's personal involvement or larger crises?

LulaMott1510 karma

I would forget my little cousin getting stung by a bee and dying.

Whaleofatime99677 karma

What do you think is the most important aspect of life?

LulaMott1451 karma

A happy family.

Adrepok614 karma

Whats the biggest regret of your life, if I may ask?

LulaMott1237 karma

I can't tell you that.

jakersw22578 karma

If someone told you as a child you would have lived to 100, what would you have said?

LulaMott1169 karma

I would have said, "No way!"

shw5562 karma

Do you still drive a vehicle regularly? What are your thoughts on your peers doing so?

LulaMott1334 karma

No. Well there comes a time when older people should stop driving. Their reflexes are not as good and most of them can't see as well. There's a time when they should quit driving. I knew there was a time for me to quit when I had some near collisions and it scared me. I drove until I was 90 and I knew I didn't need to drive anymore so I just parked my car.

shw5555 karma

What was your first car?

LulaMott1900 karma

A Ford T-Model.

azarashi487 karma

Did you need a license back then to drive?

LulaMott1446 karma

Not at first. When I started driving at 14 we didn't need one.

sjhill554 karma

Please tell me something cool that's one of your first memories.

LulaMott1370 karma

My momma told me that if I hit my little friend in the head with a rock she was going to whip me.

sjhill543 karma

That's good advice right there.

What was going on in the world then?

LulaMott1008 karma

I was about 4 and a half and WWI had started but the USA wasn't involved yet.

[deleted]553 karma

Oh come on... How has this not been asked????

What was the best thing you've ever eaten

Your best homemade thing, and restaurant...

LulaMott881 karma

Catfish. I made good cakes. I loved to make oyster stews.

[deleted]214 karma

mmm I love catfish! Was that your restaurant one? If not what was the best thing you've ever eaten at a restaurant?

LulaMott466 karma

Yes. I think that catfish is the best thing I've ever eaten at a restaurant.

Carrieeee549 karma

Happy birthday, Lula!

LulaMott481 karma

Thank you!

WhiteyMcJJ539 karma

What would you say is most important thing you witnessed firsthand during your life?

Also, what has the biggest change in society been over the last 100 years?

LulaMott1275 karma

I know the most outstanding thing I witnessed was a train going through my hometown with President Franklin Roosevelt's body on it. He died in Georgia and sent him by rail through my town.

The biggest (greatest) change in society has been the Civil Rights movement.

Mutro518 karma

If you could give an 18 year old, like me one piece of advice, what would it be?

LulaMott1266 karma

My advice would be to get the best education you can and follow your dreams.

[deleted]453 karma

Did you have a bomb shelter in the 50s? In case Russia dropped "the big one"

LulaMott886 karma

No. I knew one person who had one. I wasn't expecting the Russians.

Maverick_Pirate441 karma

firstly, congrats on the milestone

looking back what was your favourite era of the last 100 years and why?

LulaMott1134 karma

My favorite time was in the 60s and 70s because I was free as a bird. I had a wonderful life at that time.

texnation378 karma

What was Christmas like in the 40's?

LulaMott595 karma

Well, it was about like it is now. We put on plays at the church and we had Christmas trees and we had a Santa Clause. It was a lot like it is today. We'd go caroling.

CentWafer366 karma

Did you have any health issues during your life? Did you sport? Did you smoke or drink? Why do you think that you look so healthy, because you look great! (For your age ;) )

LulaMott829 karma

Osteo-arthritis after age 80. Also at age 82 I fell from a height of 13 steps (10 feet) and as a result I had a serious bout of shingles.

I played softball, baseball, volleyball, and basketball in high school.

No smoking or drinking except a little nip every now and then.

I eat my veggies and fruit and also I get 10 hours sleep a night!

iminent350 karma

1st... Yay you. congratulations.

My question. I super sincerely hope it is not inappropriate. I have always wanted to ask this question but find it is nearly impossible to bring up. Thank you vm if u choose to answer it.

I am getting older and am starting to think more and more about the end of my road. Honestly, it is terrifying. And I can only imagine it gets worse the more time moves forward.

My question is... does it ever go away? The fear i mean. Do you reach a point where you are comfortable knowing that literally any day could be your last?

This is the main reason I wish I believed in god.

Again very sorry if this is inappropriate.

LulaMott837 karma

It does. I have no fear. I trust in God. I was saved a long time ago and I have no fear. I think it will be a wonderful experience.

duty_of_brilliancy318 karma

What's your opinion about current art?

  • Movies?
  • Music?
  • Videogames?

What was it like, when the TV was invented? What was your first movie in the cinema?

LulaMott788 karma

Well they're not as good as the older movies. I love to watch older movies made in the 30s, 40s and 50s. All these current movies are mostly about sex.

My neighbor had a TV and we'd go to their house and watch TV. It wasn't very good. We didn't have one for a long time.

A cowboy movie with Gene Autrey.

theweslawson299 karma

I work at a restaurant that opens for breakfast at 5am. Accordingly, I encounter a lot of elderly people. Many of them are very impatient, picky, and just downright mean. You seem like a nice lady. What is your biggest complaint about other elderly people you are around?

LulaMott698 karma

Most elderly people are impatient and a lot of them you can't please. I see a lot of stuff going on with elderly people and some of them or just down right mean.

max9221292 karma

What is your opinion on the rapid change of music since you were born? What what your favorite period of music?

LulaMott660 karma

I think it's changed for the worst. I love country music -- I think it's the best. I would say maybe the 60s had the best music.

Ingres237 karma

Do you like the Beatles?

LulaMott845 karma

Yeah, I like the Beatles. I liked to listen to them. Didn't they break up?

HappyRainbowDashy286 karma

This is a wierd question, but what is the best (true) story that you can tell first hand (or if it was passed down, that's fine too.)

LulaMott598 karma

I haven't thought about that. The one where my son went to the doctor to have his finger lanced because he had an infection. The doctor was trying to get his attention off of his finger and onto something else (a picture on the wall) -- my son (5 years old) said, "I guess I know my intelligent mind."

i_guess_thats_cool224 karma

What do you remember about the 20's? I wish I grew up in that era.

LulaMott553 karma

I remember the flappers. I remember a lot of music in the '20s.


In your honest opinion, what do you think is the most important technological advancement made in your lifetime?

LulaMott632 karma

I think the important advancement is the advances that have been made in medicine. Things that save people's lives.

RoosterAficionado173 karma


LulaMott780 karma

I don't think about it because I have a great memory and so if I lose it tomorrow I've had all these years of remembering.

lulznstuff171 karma

Happy (early) Birthday, Lula! Did you do any traveling/what was your favorite place?

LulaMott378 karma

The mountains and beaches.

debt_ass149 karma

Happy Birthday!

What is your earliest memory? Have other members of your family lived a long life?

LulaMott367 karma

My earliest memory I was sitting out on the porch in a swing with my uncle. I had to be maybe 4 years old. And this little boy was out flying a kite. My mother lived to be 85. I had an aunt live to be 90. Outside of those two I don't remember anybody living too long. Most of my kin folks lived to be in their mid-80s.

LetsFytingLove128 karma

Have you been able to travel much in your lifetime? Where are some interesting/great places that you've been? What places do you still wish to see?

LulaMott244 karma

I've traveled a good bit in the USA. I've never been abroad, but I have traveled up the coast and to the midwest. The beaches and the mountains.

[deleted]119 karma


LulaMott359 karma

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

CapnSheff112 karma

If you and I swapped places and I was turning 100 years old what would you ask me?

LulaMott517 karma

I would ask you how do you feel being 100, because I don't know. I don't feel like I'm 100, but they tell me I am, so I guess I am.

skezzil111 karma

What's your opinion of the Great Gatsby?

LulaMott454 karma

I believe I read that and they made a movie about it. I don't remember it.

frontpagedomination97 karma

No questions, but from reading your responses so far you sound like an extremely cool, down-to-earth person. Kudos to you; would chill with.

LulaMott289 karma

I am very down to earth and very cool. Thank you!

Exis00792 karma

What was it like being a teenager? What do you think teenagers today could learn from your experiences?

LulaMott269 karma

It was great being a teenager. It was a wonderful world. We partied and we had little boyfriends. It was just a different time then. We swam and I was a Girl Scout.

jacobman87 karma

Hi, congratulations for making it through 100 years of life, and for having an apparently great grandson.

My question for you is about war. Having witnessed what it was like before many large wars really got underway, is it at all similar to situations that we've seen in the last decade? Is there a calm before the storm? Does war sneak up on you or is it something that is pretty easy to see coming?

LulaMott206 karma

The first World War I was too young to know much about it. But WWII was a surprise. I didn't see it coming. When they bombed Pearl Harbor that got us into the war, and it was tough going. There was a lot of rationing. You couldn't get but about 3 gallons of gas a week. Shoes were rationed and a lot of food was too.


What advice can you give us about love/lost love/heartbreaks?

LulaMott344 karma

I've experienced all three so I can tell you that when you fall in love with somebody you will know it. And heartbreak does finally go away. If you lose love they weren't worth keeping anyway.

iflyplanes73 karma

Thank you for doing this! I'm about to turn 30 myself and experiencing quite a bit of self realization lately.

Can you pick a defining moment in your life which changed your perspective on how the world worked? Or maybe a realization that the way you used to look at things was incorrect or incomplete and some other way was true?

LulaMott159 karma

I think 9/11 changed my perspective on how the world was.

ThomasCollins65 karma

What is your favorite book?

LulaMott131 karma


ElyHenry56 karma

Hey! Thanks for doing the AMA.

Are you a fan of movies? Have you kept up to date with them? What's your favourite movie of all time and what have you seen lately?


LulaMott146 karma

Oh, I am. Gone with the Wind. I saw it four times. I have been watching some movies on Ted Turner Channel they're old movies and I love those old movies. The women are all dressed in these great clothes which nobody would wear today. I can't remember the name of the movies I have seen lately but I watch a lot of older movies.

[deleted]41 karma


LulaMott90 karma

I have no input. This is a hard question.

l33tredrocket28 karma

Do you regret ever taking time for granted or do you look back at life believing you would do it the same way all over again?

LulaMott68 karma

All the time I regret taking time for granted. I should have done and could have done more with my life if I had not taken time for granted.

I look back at life and think I would have done a lot of things different. Hindsight is 20/20.