wonderful to have the opportunity to reconnect and hear about people
knew 40 years ago! Time has a way of passing, yet so many things
the same thanks to good memories and good people.
graduated from RFA, I went to Syracuse University.
still dating Gary Quatto at the time, but he was always too popular and
'hold onto." Prior to that I dated, Henry Swift... Like too
many young girls, I "invested" my identity in my boyfriends rather
than nurturing the girlfriends that I had...wisdom gained too late I
met a great guy in college, whom I married for a brief time. He
brilliant young man from a wealthy, Jewish family on Long Island. Needless to say, I never
really could figure out
what fork to use, nor could I see the point of "dressing for
dinner." Being from a working class, Catholic family it should
been obvious that sometimes cultural differences trump love.
thing that came from that relationship was that I met my second
friend of my first...Yes, this does read like a soap opera...Sadly, he
was a Viet Nam
with a tortured soul. As much as I tried, I couldn't save
took his own life, and I was a widow at the age of 28. The dear
that I had, made pulled me through, and I stayed in Westchester County teaching
enough, I had a student teacher who insisted that I was too
hole up and simply work my life away. This young woman was
beyond her years. She dragged me to a Halloween Party where
Rich. Naturally everyone was younger than I, but I chatted, and
had a few
drinks. Rich was "worried" about my getting home safely.
The joke is that he "followed me home, and I kept him!" I
guess I was one of the original "cougars," since Rich is 9 years
younger than I.
brings me to the present. Rich and I have been married for 28 and
half years, and happily I might add. I've always wanted
wasn't blessed with any. We have had a variety of pets over the
that we refer to as our "furkids." Rich is a CPA and the
Account Manager for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines worldwide. In his
wants to be a truck driver. (ahhhh the quest for simplicity!)
starting my 39th year of teaching come September. This year it'll
grade, however, I've taught Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th and 5th over the
Science is my specialty. I could have retired this year, but I
As a hobby,
I train and show dogs competitively. I also teach dog obedience
classes. Rich is beginning to share this hobby now that he has a
his own to work with. We travel to dog shows and do alot of
"camping" in our motor home. We like biking, walking, organic
food, staying healthy and keeping busy. Life is good!
I live about an hour from where we both work, so the commute isn't
greatest, but we ride down together and use the time to talk and listen
music (very eclectic in our taste). Our home is in Stormville, NY,
which is about an hour and a
half from Manhattan.
rarely go into the "City" preferring our more rural setting.
I'd love to hear form any of you guys, and you're welcome to visit if
the New York