DAGNEY- I'm so sorry my dear sis about the loss of your mom. Me and my wife send you our love & hugs . 71 years is a long, long time.
SOUR GRAPES- I asked my then 81 year old JW mom the same question over a year ago. If she ever thought she would make it to her 80's in this system of things. She paused and answered , " No, I didn't. I thought we'd be in the paradise by now. " I said I know how she feels. I told her I remember witnesses telling me I was so lucky in the mid 1970's as being 16 years old I'd never have to raise children in this system or be married. I told my mom, " Well look what transpired ? I have a 24 year old son, and daughters 22 and 21 ! " She agreed " You sure do ! " But then as if to comfort and convince herself she said, " Well we still see lots of signs in the news indicating troubled times in this system ". I said, " Yeah , we do. " And then I dropped it moving on to family matters in discussion. Didn't want to make her sad. But it truly is sad and reprehensible on the WT society's part that they make people waste their entire lives on a scam