May 17th, 1905 – August 10, 2010
June 19 – ’09
Yes, I am 104 – Today I sold my car – it broke my heart. It was a 1990 Honda Accord. I turned in my license to drive. My family will be happier. The car was spotless –
The strongest character trait I possess is a fine sense of humor. It makes life livable. Also, once I set a goal for myself – I don’t ever look back. I had a hard life but it never occurred to me to quit! I never had a mother – she, bless her heart died from childbirth. Nobody really wanted me – the paternal grandparents took me. My grandmother loved male children and detested little girls. I tried so hard to excel – to get a word of approval – school was a refuge – so I was a super student still in quest for acclaim. She never picked me up. She never allowed me to cry so, to this day – I don’t cry. I can’t. College was a nightmare – but it never occurred to me to quit.
The point I am trying to make is a soft life does not ensure a long life.
I worked hard all my life. I had a bachelor’s degree. I had been a secondary teacher until by age I had to quit. My grade point as a H.S. Grad was 94.4.
Adversary is not a deterrent, unless you want to whine.
I always believed I was here for a purpose. I taught all ages, many subjects, always devoted classes.
At 104 I teach college level classes on alternate Weds. I teach without notes. I credit a superb liberal arts education which I received at Juniata College – Incidentally I have seven years of Latin to bolster up my vocabulary. I have this peculiar ability to attract super people – I draw them to me like a magnet. My guardian angel guides me. I think a lot – usually I come to a reliable conclusion. I have taught on all levels – I supplied for a couple of months in an all Spanish third grade – It was a joy –
Does this give you an idea of what makes me tick?