Every single thing that happens happens for the best. Everything. Sometimes it’s difficult or impossible to the good, but it’s true.
When did you make the biggest difference?
I was my elderly Mom’s caregiver for the 5 years prior to her death at 95. We shared an amazing 5 years; years I wouldn’t change for anything. I’m left with wonderful memories and many loving moments with Mom.
Who had the most influence on your life?
My parents have alway been my role models throughout life. They had a 65 year love affair and, although I found love late in life, I have a very similar relationship with my love, John.
What was your greatest moment?
Interestingly, I think my greatest moment (or perhaps, one of them) was being with my mom as she took her last breath. It’s certainly a moment I will never forget. She was peaceful, she was surrounded by those who loved her, and then she was gone.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Ha ha. I suppose the correct answer is ‘a writer’ but, nah. I am happy being me right now so, I suppose the correct answer for me is, well, ‘me.’
What did you admire most about your mother/father/parents?
See above. They were born in 1916 and 1917 and saw many horrors and many triumphs over their long lives. They put family above all else and gave me the morals that I follow to this day. I’m forever grateful to have been my parents’ daughter.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Stay the course.
Share something you learned at your day job that applies to life in general.
I no longer work, giving up my 40 hour/week job to care for Mom. But, I was a data manager for clinical trials. Learning to cooperate with and enhance the lives of others sure makes the ride easier.
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
I would love to see population control go worldwide. Some people just shouldn’t breed…