|From SGHS I went on to Bretton Hall College of Art, Music and Drama
and graduated as a teacher, taught in Birmingham and then London .
I married an electronics engineer and emigrated to Toronto, Canada
in 1959, where we had two children, a girl and a boy…the loves of my life
of course, and now in their 40’s with a couple of children each – so four
grandchildren keep us delighted.
We loved Canada, but one winter day in Toronto my husband sat on the
stairs, panting and exhausted, and said, “I’m going to die after shoveling
10 feet of snow from a 20 foot drive……we’re moving!!”
That’s how he came to get a job in California, and we moved, to our
ultimate pleasure, because we live in the South Bay area of San Francisco
– and as Keith, my son said, “Where else can you ski in the morning and
wind surf in the afternoon!” and he and his friend proved this by driving
to the mountains in the morning, skiing, and then driving back to the ocean
and windsurfing. We do neither, but we do love the climate and the beauty
of the ocean beaches and mountains.
I was a stay-at-home Mom until the children were grown and then decided
I needed more independence, so went to work in 1978. First I worked
in the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, then in a couple of high
tech companies – to my amazement you don’t have to be technical to work
with engineers in Marketing. My husband found it hard to adjust to
having a wife who had had her “consciousness raised,” but we’ve endured
and had our 50th wedding anniversary last year.
I retired in 1995 and promptly found a job in “Radio Theater” acting,
producing and working with actors as we created tapes of plays like we
used to have on the radio in the 40’s.
That finished I then began to paint what I call organic abstract watercolors,
and quilt, so now I am thoroughly enjoying life as an oldie – give or take
a few natural creaks and groans!!”