Danny Goldfield Projects

Martha – 100 Years Old – Maryland

Photo Essay: Martha is a centenarian living in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. When I met her I was told that she is very afraid of snakes, even snake skins frighten her. I also learned that at 9 years old Martha had polio and was told she would never walk again. By 10 she was walking because of her mom’s insistence and care. At 99 years old Martha had a stroke and again lost her ability to walk. She was down about the wheelchair she required. When her great great granddaughter arriver Martha lit up and gushed. They greeted and kissed and Martha’s whole face and head smiled as she watched the child play and run. Martha turned to me and said, “I wish a snake would come and scare me into walking!”

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