Woman to Skydive on 100th Birthday, Son Vows
George Bush did it. So did Bill Murray. They’re celebrities who marked their 100th birthdays by jumping out of airplanes.
Dorothy Laurent may not be a celebrity, but she will be turning 100 next Thursday, and on that day she will board a plane, soar above Chrislip, fling herself into space, and let her century-old bones plummet ten thousand feet toward the ground below. At some point, a parachute is tentatively scheduled to open.
Dorothy isn’t nervous about her jump. In fact, she doesn’t even know about it. It’s the brainchild of her son, Ronald. He says that, in her younger days, his mother rued her humdrum existence, and often talked of doing something exciting. He hopes that jumping out of an airplane will put her on the map.
“It’s also about courage,” he says. “There aren’t many men brave enough to make their 100-year-old mother go skydiviving. I like to think I’m one of them.”
Dorothy is currently receiving constant care at the Chrislip Center for Independent Living. She hasn’t been very active since last year, when she broke her hip doing a crossword puzzle.
Blissfully unaware of her upcoming birthday jump, she spends most of her days in the sunroom, cuddling a ball of yarn that she thinks is a cat.