By Katy Gil
Despite being on this Earth for closing in on a century, this 90-year-old lady had never visited the simplest of pleasures as the beach – a moment here family were determined to put right.
Enid Marie Weide, born in 1927, has lived to witness World War II, The Great Depression, the invention of mobile phones and the first man in space – yet she had never felt the ocean beneath her feet or her toes in the sand.
But after the death of her husband, Edward, back in 2014, Enid now splits her time between staying with her two children – Jeanne Macisco, 67, in California, USA, and Dorothy Weide, 58, New Jersey, USA – and the nonagenarian thought it was time to change her ways.
One day, Enid requested that her ashes be mixed with her ex-naval sailor husband’s remains and sprinkled in the ocean.
This gesture, Enid told Jeanna, “would make daddy happy, and I will finally be able to put my toes in the ocean for the first time.”
Being 90, Enid had succumbed to the idea that her chances of visiting the beach were diminished, as she now uses a walker to help her get around.
Jeanne, however, decided to share the conversation about her mother’s ashes with some friends a few days later, and soon Jeanne was being lent a beach wheelchair in order to make this dream come true while her mother was still alive.
With the help of friends and family, Enid was able to accomplish a goal she never thought was possible.
On June, 26, Enid was carried down to the beach in Ensenada, Baja, California, by neighbors and friends before being placed in a water wheelchair and walked further into the oncoming waves by her eldest daughter.
Soon splashing her toes in the waves, Enid began crying tears of joy and ecstatically laughing after feeling the ocean beneath her feet for the very first time.
Jeanne said: “Mom was initially confused as to why someone was bringing round a wheelchair, after all, she knew we already had a wheelchair.
“When I told her what we had planned as a surprise for her I was quite sure if she was happy, confused, or concerned.
“The reality soon kicked in that she was actually going down to the beach, to put her toes in the water and she was so excited.
“Mom cried tears of joy to finally being able to get into ocean – not having to be dead to experience it.
“It was overwhelming to be able to give this gift to her, I thought she would be happy but I was not prepared for howhappy this simple act of kindness from friends, family and neighbors would make her feel.
“It was one of those times in life when so many things had to come together to make this work, only with the blessings of so many great people were we able to make it happen.”