by Victoria Simpson
116-year-old Susannah Mushatt Jones is the oldest recorded living woman at the moment, and if she had her own way, her diet would be anything but healthy.
For her birthday, Susannah’s cake was garnished with her favorite food: bacon. She would “eat bacon all day long” if she had her say, the New York Post reported her niece Lois Judge as saying.
Her regime is nothing extraordinary: Jones, who is aware and able to speak, wakes up at 9:30 am and eats scrambled eggs for breakfast, and then bacon an hour later, for a snack. She eats a healthy lunch consisting of fruit, and a full dinner of meat and vegetables or potatoes. Meat is consistently her favorite food.
Known as “Miss Susie” and called Tee” (short for “Auntie”) by family, Susannah also loves to chew gum-but Doublemint sticks, only.
Says her niece, Lois: “At 96, she grew another molar. We try to monitor this gum, but she knows a pack has five sticks, so she stretches out her hand for the fifth. She flips the wrapper off and throws it down. And don’t offer Wrigley. She knows the difference.”
The oldest person ever on record is Jeanne Louise Calment of France, who lived to be 122 years old. Born in 1875, she died at a nursing home in Arles, in the south of France on August 4th, 1997.
Will Ms. Jones live longer? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, in the words of her caring nieces, Lavilla Watson and Lois Judge: “God has her here for a reason.”