Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I Led Four Lives


In the 50's (most of you probably don't remember) there was a TV show called "I Led Three Lives". It was loosely based on episodes from a book written by a man who had infiltrated the Communist party and his description of his activities. Enough.

I was out working this moring, with the hay tedder. Even though I was listening to WPR on my sound cushioning headset, I had time to wax philosophical. That was mostly because the program was just about further program ideas. I got to thinking about my life, so far. It sure hasn't been what I thought it would because.......I Led Four Lives.

Life 1. I grew up in the country, had a normal childhood, had two parents, and one brother. We just lived in the country. We did not grow anything but grass and a few perrenials. My dad was a factory foreman and mother went back to teaching when I was in eighth grade. Simmons Co. moved out of Kenosha when I was a highschool senior, and Dad was unemployed. I went to college at a small extension of the University of Wisconsin.

Life 2. After two years at the extension, I got married and later gave birth to my oldest son. A year and a half after the marriage, my husband was killed in a car accident, and David and I moved back to the country.

Life 3. Using life insurance money I went back to college and got my teaching degree.
I met and married my second husband. This union led to a life in the city of Kenosha, another son, two teaching salaries, many athletic events as the "coach's wife", and some travel, both in the U.S. and Europe. An exchange student ended the 21 year marriage, and I was on my own again.

Life 4. Although it was tough getting here, this life is the best so far. I met and married a man who had been a farmer but was now a heavy equipment mechanic for the county highway department. We bought a small farm and moved to the country. After my mom died at age 86 in 2002, we bought the farm here in Monroe County and moved to "God's Country". If you have been reading my blog, you know the rest.

Now........if you have read all of this, I'm surprised, because I am quite sure it doesn't mean anything much to anyone but me. BUT.......it sure causes me to ponder. Remember you never know what life will bring to you around the next corner. I didn't, and I still don't.

Who knows what will enter this brain of mine when the hay needs to be raked and this is only the first crop!

2 comments:

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Some people - like you - have experienced more in their life than I can even imagine!

Sue B said...

I agree with Michelle. I so enjoy reading this. And you make it all seem so easy.