when I was kid:

  1. there were 9 planets.
  2. adults were called Mr. or Mrs.
  3. television when off the air and started each morning with a photo of the American flag and the playing of the National Anthem.
  4. the president was assassinated.
  5. we practiced for nuclear attacks.

when I was a teen:

  1. MLK and RFK were assassinated.
  2. men walked on the moon.
  3. I believed “to live is to dance, to dance is to live.”
  4. my male classmates had draft numbers and
  5. POWs came home from Vietnam.

when I was in my 20’s

  1. I studied dance, voice and acting in NYC and auditioned for Broadway shows.
  2. I went to college part-time.
  3. I started a business with my best friend.
  4. I met my hubby and got married.
  5. drove across country with my sister and sister-in-law. I went to England and France with my bff.

when I was in my 30’s

  1. I had 1 miscarriage and gave birth to 2 daughters.
  2. “have dance will travel” was my motto. I taught dance in many places to many people.
  3. was Sunday School Superintendent in my local church.
  4. my hubby became a firefighter with the FDNY.
  5. the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, and the Berlin Wall came down.

 when I was in my 40’s

  1. Life had a more balanced rhythm.
  2. we got a dog.
  3. vacations – England, Prince Edward Island, National Park Tour, Houseboat rental, camping…
  4. Oklahoma City bombing, and September 11 happened.
  5. I became a widow.

when I was in my 50’s

  1. my daughters got married.
  2. my brother and my dad died.
  3. I started volunteering with the 9/11 Tribute Center.
  4. I had breast cancer and have been cancer free since then.
  5. I retired from my dancing school.

when I was in my 60’s

  1. My mother, mother-in-law and youngest cousin died.
  2. The littles were born – two grandsons and one granddaughter.
  3. I shared an apartment in Brooklyn with my daughter and son-in-law.
  4. There was a global pandemic.
  5. I wrote and published a book.

On February 13, I will turn 70. I’ve had amazing opportunities and experiences. I’m blessed with a caring family, great friends and a faith that has not disappointed. I’m looking forward to more adventures.

Matt Redman’s song Never Once sums it up for me.

“Scars and struggles on the way.

But with joy our hearts can say,

Never once did we ever walk alone.

Carried by Your constant grace.

Held within Your perfect peace.

Never once, no, we never walk alone.

Never once did we ever walk alone.

Never once did You leave us on our own.

You are faithful, God, You are faithful.

You are faithful, God, You are faithful.

 Never Once by Matt Redman


me and the littles in Washington, DC August 2023