How did you get to where you are?
Someone asked me that recently in an interview.
You know you never really think of those things.. Life just happens.
So I had a little time to reflect.
In my 60's now, I'm a genuine baby boomer, I'll never wear a cardigan, or my slippers to the shops… or even a nylon frock. To be honest, I never wear a frock.
HOW DID I GET HERE? I really have no idea. Sheer hard work and enjoyment I think.
Age 20, Keith and I got married.
By age 30, we had 7 children…. Goodness gracious, how did we do that? Jamie, Rachael and Matthew, (3 in 3 years) and we had adopted Joshua (newborn), Suchada, (aged 11) Darrin aged 8 and Phat came from Vietnam aged 15…….What were we thinking of!!!!
But it was a wonderful time. I wouldn't swap it for the world. It was a fun time in our lives.
Age 40, we added a few more bedrooms….Callie, Michael and Sam arrived……Lori, Liseby, Benny from Mauritius, Jinda from Thailand. Lean lived with us for a year, Bo for two….
The exchange students arrived, 6 in all and they stayed for a year. (not all at once.) but when I think about it, we did have 3 at once.
During that time I met a young man in Thailand who was traveling, I said "if you ever come our way you're welcome to stay"
He did….. for a year. He is now almost 55, lives close by us with his wife and child and is very much part of the extended family.
We had our own bus and a caravan for holidays and life was sure hectic
In my 40's I began my fashion design business with partner Cynthia…. She's just a little younger than I. (by 10 days) As two Librans, we are exact opposites but worked well for some 15 years.
50 was a turn around. I was a dedicated quilter. Gee you all know what happens to you then, I don't need to explain.
Friends that's about the end of it…. Now I quilt, write, make documentaries and take photos…. What a way to go….
What have the 60's offered me.
I know I can discount at Denny's fast food restaurant. !!!! Senior discount in the movies in the USA takes the price down to about $6.00 – and on the plane, I feel I can ask the nice young man in the aisle to put my hand luggage up for me….!!! and I have no problem enjoying my classical music along with new country. I play them very loud.
In life we have things that are moments in time and end up being significant to our future. I often think back to when I had 3 littlies under 3 at home.
I was incredibly shy and introvert…. Trust me it's true. I had really low self esteem.
A turning point for me was once when Keith, (my husband) an Accountant was negotiating a business partnership with another accountant and we were invited to dinner to negotiate.
He turned up with his snotty secretary with a plum in her mouth, little back dress, coifed hair and tottering on heels far too high.
Her enjoyment for the evening, was to put me down with comments. "Oh, I couldn't bear to be just a housewife"
How can you let yourself have 3 children so quickly. Etc, etc.
By the end of the evening. I was ready to snot her.
I loved being a mum. My children were gorgeous… I sewed their clothes on my hand cranked machine… Believe me …..!!
I cooked, cleaned and was a happy as a pig in straw.
But this gal really got up my nose. I decided to show her…..
Where are you now honey?
Where am I now, working harder than ever, but enjoying life to the full