Most of us can't remember what we had for breakfast yesterday, but Gola Mae Fleming can tell you what she did more than 100 years ago.
"That was my first memory, picking cotton," she told WFAA Monday. "We'd go barefoot, and the sun would be hot, and we'd run from one cotton stalk to the next to keep our feet from burning."
Her active lifestyle is one of the things she attributes to her longevity; Fleming, a long-time Wise County resident, turned 104 last month. And much like the flaring candle, her family put on her birthday cake, she is a firecracker.
WFAA asked her how it feels to be 104. Her answer?
"Not any different than 3 or 4," she said.
Daughter Gatha Longley said her mom's humor, sense of independence and athleticism have been constants in her life.
"When she went to ladies' gatherings, she and maybe another lady would sit down to watch the World Series," Longley said.
"I played basketball, ran track. Once in a while, we played baseball with the boys," Fleming said.
In fact, her past few birthdays have been spent hobnobbing with her favorite team: the Dallas Mavericks. She has a picture with herself and Mark Cuban to prove it.
"Mark came out on the court, then turned and walked right up to her and sat down by her and hugged her," Longley said.
"It was a great honor, and it seemed like we were special friends," Fleming said.
Fleming is a colon cancer survivor and great-grandmother to more than she can count. "I'd have to get my paper and pencil and mark them down," she said.
She told the local newspaper, the Wise County Messenger, that her secret to a long life was there "wasn't any reason to die."
To us, she gave this advice:
"Behave yourself. Be good," she said.
It's a simple sentiment that's done her more than a century of good.