Pearl Cantrell is 105 years old. She's had a long life and she's still relatively healthy, and she says it's all because she eats bacon every day.
To tell the truth, Mrs. Cantrell has no problem telling people how much she loves bacon. She has told her children and grandchildren and they, too, eat a lot of bacon.
In fact, Big Country News (Texas) reported on the bacon-loving granny's secret of longevity about a month ago. "I want other people to eat bacon, I tell them too. My kids all eat it", Cantrell told KRBC during the interview.
And after the feel-good story hit the air, Pearl Cantrell got the surprise of her life.
The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile showed up at her house.
Abraham Luna, a "hotdogger" for Oscar Mayer, noted, "We've seen a lot of stories on the road, but nothing quite like this one, so we're excited to be here. We know she's an inspiration. Pearl is an inspiration for the community, and her friends and family. So we had to make a special stop here for her today."
After the delighted Mrs. Cantrell rode around Richland Springs, Texas, in the Wienermobile, waving to all her friends and neighbors and simply enjoying the ride, she was given a bonus gift -- bacon. (Of course, it was bacon. What else?)
Her family says she deserves every bite of that free bacon she got. Her daughter, Anno Richards, pointed out, "She had a hard life raising all of us, so she deserves all of this, everything that we can give her at this time. And I think this today, will keep her going, she will talk about this for months."
Well, that and bacon...
After cooking up a bit of the bacon and enjoying it, Mrs. Cantrell admitted she would "never, ever forget this, for the rest of my life."
As for Oscar Mayer, they're not done with Pearl Cantrell, either. They plan on shipping her more free bacon.
And why not? It's not as if the lady hasn't been helping keep their stock prices up for roughly a century.
But one has to think: With such a heartwarming story, maybe Oscar Mayer should think about including the 105-year-old bacon fan in a commercial.
(photo credit: Roger Jones, Creative Commons)