David and I at 3660 On The Rise, a nice restaurant in Kaimuki. (2016)
It took me a long time to reach maturity, but I must say that my life at age 71 is much better than my life at age 21. Fifty years ago, if you had told me I would be married to a tall, brawny man like David, who was a classical musician and accountant, and that I would own a large, air conditioned house like ours, I would have laughed and said, “No way. How could that be?”
I have had such a turbulent life, starting with childhood. Then, there was my awkward adolescence and then my wild twenties, which were spent traveling around the world, finding work as a teacher and secretary to support myself. I was also involved with many men to my great detriment.
It was because of my daughter, Maria, that I turned my life around and settled down, no longer a free spirit flitting here and there aimlessly. All of a sudden, I had another human being to consider. So, it was because of Maria that I married David in 1980, and it is because of my marriage that I have all of this.
My main goal in life is to achieve and sustain peace. I am so grateful that I live in this quiet home, which is located on a quiet street. I am grateful that David is easy to live with. He helps maintain our property, and he takes me wherever I want to go (if I don’t want to go alone). He is such a good companion.
Above all, I don’t have to live with people who disturb my peace of mind. David doesn’t harass me like other people do. He allows me to be myself.