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Looking Backward

Every once in a while, I have to remember how I got to this stage of my life. It constantly amazes me that as a child, born into the great depression, I have been a world traveler, managed to get a masters degree and raised two children to be good, intelligent citizens of the world. The latter is my proudest accomplishment even though I lost my son in 2015. His eldest daughter is working as an engineer and his youngest is pursuing a degree in nursing and hopes to specialize in oncology. My daughter's children have turned out well also. They all graduated from college, Sara became a teacher who majored in music, Laura is trying her wings in fahion design in Nyc and unfortunately Eric is autistic. Blake is a budding author. Am I proud of all of them, yes very, The pandemic has hit us hard, in that we lost our social life and that our health continues to deteriorate. We happen to live in an ignorant state that equates vaccines with disloyalty to the little tin god that is trump. We will get a booster shot as soon as it is available. We have one last cruise to the Dominican Republic planned. I have my fingers crossed hoping that we will make it until then. All my life I have planned but old age leaves you with a degree of uncertainty. Will I still be here? I hope so because I love life even in a time of change.

posted on July 21, 2021 4:32 AM ()


There's times in our lives when we figure we've seen it all and done what we had in mind for our lives, but then it's Oh Wait! There's more! And there is so much more.
comment by traveltales on July 22, 2021 3:07 PM ()
I cannot recommend old age but it is better than the alternative.
reply by elderjane on July 23, 2021 4:47 AM ()
I knew a woman who lived in the Dominican Republic for years, she loved it and had interesting details to tell. For instance, when their husbands or lovers did wrong, women would typically stand out on their roofs or balconies at night and wail loudly to all. I had the impression the DR had things in common with Brazil, like the idea of indulging in joy of life, etc.
comment by drmaus on July 22, 2021 9:31 AM ()
I have always been fascinated by the islands. I love that women could stand on the roof and wail about their men. so therapeutic!!
reply by elderjane on July 23, 2021 4:49 AM ()
Martin and I continue to enjoy our lives. It just makes planning for the future you don't know if you will have very difficult.
comment by elderjane on July 22, 2021 5:12 AM ()
I sure you hope you are around and healthy for a long time to come! You are a wonderful part of this world.
comment by kristilyn3 on July 21, 2021 10:35 AM ()
Thank you my dear friend.
reply by elderjane on July 22, 2021 5:10 AM ()
Without the boring details I can say that old age is confusing. I live like I'm 35 until reality sneaks in with a message about long-term planning. But, I stay present and I'll hopefully be doing it for another 30? Or maybe 20 years. You and Martin are still my role models: stay strong!
comment by jjoohhnn on July 21, 2021 5:57 AM ()
You know we are going to wring all the joy out of this life that we can. I have an abundance of ripe tomatoes and all my flowers are thriving. I am hoping I can find some sweet corn soon.
reply by elderjane on July 23, 2021 4:51 AM ()

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