Watch This 100-Year-Old Woman See The Ocean For The First Time In Her Life

Just weeks before her 101st birthday, Ruby Holt took a much-needed trip to the beach.

Imagine going your whole life without ever laying your eyes on the ocean.

That was what 100-year-old Ruby Holt was faced with before a life-changing trip allowed her to see the sea for the very first time.

Holt had lived most of her life picking cotton on a farm in rural Tennessee, working in a shirt factory, and raising four children. She said she had never had the time or money to travel to the beach — in fact, she had only left Tennessee once before.

"I've heard people talk about it and how wonderful it was and wanted to see it, but I never had the opportunity to do so," Holt told the AP.

Perdido Beach Resort


A few months ago, Holt was participating in a water gun fight at her assisted living center (which sounds like the most awesome living center ever, tbh) when she dropped the bomb that she’d never seen the ocean. Two of the center’s employees were shocked and subsequently filled out an application with Wish of a Lifetime, which grants bucket list wishes for elderly people.

The charity, along with Holt’s assisted living center, funded a trip for her to the Perdido Beach Resort at Alabama’s Ocean Beach. There, she dipped her toes in the Gulf of Mexico, ate seafood, and blissfully watched the waves she used to dream about.

Perdido Beach Resort


"When we got to the room yesterday she was just pointing out the ocean and, you know, her facial expressions and... she was just speechless,” said Mark Davis, executive director of Brookdale’s Sterling House, the assisted living center where Holt lives.

Perdido Beach Resort


Holt’s reaction to the big reveal? “It was cold!” she said.

Watch footage from Holt's ocean trek below!

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