|Ida Keeling celebrates with her daughter, Shelley|
Ida was born in Hells Kitichen in 1915, and moved to Harlem with her family right before the stock-market crash. Her husband died at the early age of 43 in 1959, and by 1982, Ida had lost both of her sons in shootings. She started running at the age of 67 to alleviate the greif and sadness she felt, and started with a 5k marathon. She loved running because it was the first time "[Ida] felt the depression [had] gone....It was like a health potion..."
Fast forward to this summer, when Ida broke the existing outdoor world record for the 100-meter-dash. She jokes about living to being 100. She is, newly, a great-great-grandmother. She's 4'6", loves eating liver for it's protein, and lived across the street from Althea Gibson for years. Her daughter Shelley came in 2nd place for a triathlon (400-meter swim, then six miles on a bike, with a two mile run following) earlier this summer. Shelley is 60. These are the women I want to be. The seeds of these women I have inside of me already. And so what if I teared up that Vogue took the damn time to notice? I most likely won't ever subscribe to it again, but this article DID make me think about re-upping my Vogue...And if that's not a tiny miracle in and of itself, I don't know what is....Thanks Ida.