"Do not regret growing older? It is a privilege denied to many. "
While my neighbor was working in his yard, he was startled by a late model car that came crashing through his hedge.... and ended up in his front lawn. He rushed to help an elderly lady driver out of the car and sat her down on a lawn chair. My Goodness!, he loudly exclaimed, "you appear quite elderly to be driving." "Well, yes I am," she replied proudly. "I'll be 97 next month, and I'm now old enough that I don't even need a driver's license anymore. The last time I went to my doctor, after he examined me, he asked if he could see my driver's license. That did seem kind of strange.... but handed it to him. He took scissors out of the drawer; cut the license into pieces; and threw them in the waste basket." "You won't need this anymore," he said.
They say that when one door closes another one opens. If so then the door to my future looks like one on an episode of the “Twilight one”.
I’ve had a varied career path: secretary for “Uncle Sam“, fast food worker, painter, carpenter, welder. But since 1979 and the age of 23 I’ve worked in Courtland Alabama; first for Champion International Papers and then for International Papers when they bought out Champion.
Now they’re closing our plant. This will make my home the poorest county in Alabama. And at 58 years of age I don’t have any prospects of a decent paying job, I’m not old enough for full retirement nor to draw Social Security. Plus I’ll lose my medical insurance and life insurance.
The future is unsure but I’ll definitely have to change a few things. Like cut off everything but lights and water. And eat beans and rice instead of beef and pork chops. At least my home is paid for and I don’t have towering credit card bills like some people.
Enough wining. Time to put on my big girl panties, suck it up and keep on keeping on.,
Unmarried and Single Americans Week is celebrated in the United States during the third full week of September to show appreciation for the contributions of those who are single, widowed or divorced. The observance originated as National Singles Week in Ohio in the 1980s to celebrate single life and recognize the contributions of singles to society. Since many unmarried Americans do not describe themselves as single because they are parents, have partners, or are widowed, the name was changed to Unmarried and Single Americans Week. There are 103 million unmarried American adults according to the U.S. Census Bureau, of which 62 percent have never been married, 24 percent are divorced, and 14 percent are widowed. The group comprises over 44 percent of all U.S. adults who are 18 and older and represents a significant source of intellectual capital in the workplace.