Around these parts, the death of New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s mom is big news. Why? Because Charlotte Bloomberg lived most of her life in Medford, Massachusetts, just outside Boston. With her son’s extraordinary wealth, she could have lived on the French Riviera, or anywhere she wanted. But she was happy to stay in quiet, little Medford. For those who knew her, Charlotte was a firecracker. She died at age 102, but had the energy of a much younger person. Read this line from the glowing Boston Globe obituary on Charlotte Bloomberg:
“As the center of our family, our mother’s unimpeachable integrity, fierce independence, and constant love were gifts that profoundly shaped our lives and the lives of so many who knew her,’’ [Mayor Bloomberg] said in a statement. “Our family recognizes how truly blessed we have been to have her live such a long and full life, and to be able to carry her spirit with us forever.’’
Mayor Bloomberg was known to call his mother every day. I’m impressed.