gain and loss
pleasure and sorrow
Come and go like the wind
To be happy, rest like a great tree
in the midst of them all.
From Buddha's Little Instruction Book
The above may describe the last 40 years, but I am still working on the "resting like a great tree" part.
Henry Cord Meyer, my history prof, and Bill Olsen, my I.R. prof, taught me that our lives are inextricably linked to others in the larger world. Though my perspective has been more on the immediate connections close to home, I still find their teachings informing my world view.
My proudest moments and most memorable experiences of the last 40 years:
Two wonderful sons (with my exhusband and classmate, Don Zimmerman)
Four granddaughters and one grandson whom I visit frequently in Denver, Co., and the U.K, all of whom have taught me the joy of loving connection and given me a perspective as to what gives life meaning.
My private practice as a psychotherapist/social worker with clients who have taught me about pain and loss and the healing power of the human spirit.
My husband of 6 years, Mike, who has been the catalyst to learn lessons I did not master in my first marriage and will hopefully share the adventures of retirement years. We are learning together in the "valleys" (early stage breast cancer) and "peaks" (a one month trek in Nepal).
With regret at not attending the reunion: In the last month, I have travelled to Denver after the birth of my grandson and to England to visit my three granddaughters and still am commuting every weekend to the home in the Pennsylvania countryside I share with Mike. My plans for the future involve both more travel and the experience of sleeping in one bed for more than a few days at a time life is never boring. I am grateful for all I have experienced and for the health of my family.
I would love to hear from any of my classmates.