I met Fatima through Farid, my driver for a few days in Morocco. He had family and friends in Imouzzer du Kandar, a Berber village, so we stopped by Fatima’s house for some tea.
She was amazing. 103 years old, she sprang up when we entered her house, beckoned us in, and made us mint tea, picking the leaves right from her garden outside. She chatted with Farid who translated some of it for me. Her husband had passed away almost thirty years ago and she has been alone since though while we were there, a local village girl stopped by several times to help her with a few errands.
She showed me the key to her longevity: one small glass of olive oil with a minced garlic clove, drank every morning, for almost a century. She offered me a glass and I declined. Farid laughed at me but he also would not drink it.