Seventy years ago on October 30, 1947 I was born in a small one room trailer in St. Louis, MO. It was just after the war (WW II) and my father was going to school on the GI bill. The lack of money and insurance made home delivery a necessity. Therefore, our kitchen became the delivery room.
Moving ahead 17 years, I married and I went on to raise three children. My children are all grown now and doing well in life and they have given me 7 wonderful grandchildren. Once my kids were grown and out of the house it was time for me to find work outside of the home, but having no formal education I was not sure where I would fit in. Over the next decade or so I did find work that was satisfactory but it was not until I started my own business that I found my real passion. Being my own boss felt great!
I now owned a women’s boutique that sold clothes, jewelry, cosmetics and had a full service nail salon. My husband decided about that same time to follow his passion and he bought a small Italian restaurant. My business was easy to control but the restaurant required quite a bit more work and I found myself being pulled in many directions. Eventually we sold both businesses and we went our separate ways.
A couple of years later I remarried a man who was in the film business. He is 17 years older than I and the only reason I’m mentioning this is because the age difference is something I’ll be writing about, age does make a difference when you’re older.
The film business does not offer steady work. After you finish one project you wait for the next, so to generate some steady income we created a children’s television show. The FCC had just ruled that TV stations must have 1 hour of children’s programming a month. My husband began thinking about something we could create and he came up with a program we called “Did You Ever Wonder,” we took children into factories and showed them how things are made. Our budget was small so we had to be creative and that meant doing many jobs. My jobs were writing, producing, make-up, clothes, food and whatever else I was called upon to do. We sold it TV stations, libraries, and schools. The show has been sold in many foreign countries, also, Dubai being the latest.
Nowadays my time is split between working part-time, teaching at our senior center, spending time with my grandchildren and writing on my blog.
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