On June 20, 2012 I fulfilled a lifelong dream. I will celebrate my first anniversary as a children's book author in two weeks and it only took 50+ years to do it! And here's why.
First, I had to complete high school. I was only a sophomore in 1960 but that is when, due to the most awesome English teacher on the planet, I passionately fell in love with writing. I started with poetry, winning a contest and having my poem showcased in an unknown publication. From that moment on, I was hooked. But first I had to:
ENTER THE NUNNERY
TEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR 3 YRS
LEAVE THE NUNNERY AFTER 5 YRS
TEACH JUNIOR HIGH MATH & SCIENCE FOR 3 YRS
GET MARRIED IN 1968 (STILL TOGETHER FOR 45 YRS)
HAVE TWO CHILDREN
BECOME PTA PRESIDENT
DIRECT CHRISTMAS PLAY
HAVE THIRD CHILD
COMPLETE BACHELOR'S DEGREE
DIRECT RELIGIOUS ED. PROGRAM 5YRS
BECOME CERTIFIED IN ELEMENTARY/EARLY CHILDHOOD ED.
SUBSTITUTE TEACH FOR 4 YRS
CONTRACT CHRONIC NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION
TEACH KINDERGARTEN FOR 10 YRS
DIRECT PRESCHOOL 4 YRS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER 3YRS
LEARNED MY NEPHEW WAS A DRUG ADDICT
RETIRE IN 2000
BURIED MY 92 YEAR OLD MOM
VOLUNTEER FOR CHURCH & COMMUNITY ORGS
WITNESSED THE INCARCERATION OF MY NEPHEW
BURIED MY 67 YEAR OLD BROTHER, DAN
BECOME "GRAMMY" TO 7 TERRIFIC KIDS
These are only some of the highlights of my 68 years that have kept me busy for the past 50+ years.
My life has been both beautiful and sad. I've learned from every experience and am thankful for the
opportunities given me along the way to grow and prosper.
Becoming an author after a 50+ years has been well-worth the wait. I am enjoying every second of
my new career and hope to inspire anyone with a dream to keep reaching. It's NEVER TOO LATE!