Putting his political career aside, former President George H.W. Bush is quite impressive when you consider the man's resilience when it comes to finding joy late in his life. On Thursday, Bush shared a photo of his recovery after falling and fracturing a neck bone earlier this month at his home in Kennebunkport, Maine. The 91-year-old tweeted the cheery photo from his official Twitter account, and you really can't help but return his eager smile.
The incident happened July 15, causing the elder Bush to fracture his C2 vertebra. According to Fox News, his injury shouldn't cause no neurological impairment, and he'll be expected to recover on his own in three to four months. Bush has a form of Parkinson's disease likely caused by a series of small strokes. He relies on a motorized scooter to get around.
But the photo Bush tweeted out gives no indication the former U.S. chief commander is slowing down anytime soon. With an American flag situated squarely in the background (of course), Bush wore a neck brace, grinning to the camera and giving two thumbs up. The image was captioned, "Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed? Thanks to all for your kind get-well messages."
Bush is, of course, referencing his time as a soldier in World War II, when his torpedo bomber was shot down and was forced to jump out of his plane. The future 41st president survived and has gone skydiving several times since then, including for his 90th birthday last June. I've gone skydiving before, but I can't imagine doing it when I've spent nine decades on earth. At that stage of life, I imagine myself staying put with my feet on the ground.
Here's to a speedy recovery, Bush Sr. Hope I'm that resilient at 91.