Me and Maria, 1979.
Me and Lisa, 1982.
David, Maria, and Lisa. 1982. This was the condo we lived in before we bought our house.
Ah, memories. I can’t believe that so much time has elapsed since these photos were taken. Now, I am 69, David is 65, Maria is 36, and Lisa is 32. Their birthdays are coming up.
If it were not for my family, where would I be? Life can be awfully lonely when one is alone.
I was very adventurous when I traveled around the world by myself after graduating from the University of Hawaii in 1968. Little did I know what was in store for me. It’s always nice to look back and reflect on what transpired. Some of it was good, some of it bad, and some of it downright dangerous.
I am amazed that I am still alive, considering all the risks I took. Simply traveling up Thailand by train and crossing the Mekong River by motor boat to get into Laos was scary. Fortunately, I was not kidnapped, gang raped, and killed by thugs. Consider what is going on in places like the Middle East and Africa at this time.
David’s life has been very different from mine. He never had to survive on his own in a foreign country or even on the mainland. He went from his parents’ home to living with me after we married. He had a very sheltered life compared to mine. But, maybe that’s what I need. Some stability. David is my rock and I love clinging to him.
Who would have thought that this wild woman would settle down and eventually become a wife, mother and grandmother? If I can do it, so can you. Life does not have to be full of upheaval and drama.
Here I was in Thailand, age 23:
I enjoyed teaching English as a second language at Thammasat University, AUA Language Center, and Voice of America (January – November 1969). I also had many private Thai students. When I left Thailand, I had over a thousand dollars in my wallet, enough to fund my solo trip through Europe.