American music and fashions made me aspire to sail over to the US from Germany. I was twenty. After working at Leitz in New York, at a bank in San Francisco and later graduating from a local college, I ventured forth to my greatest challenge, teaching at high school for thirty-one years and most of all raising a family. Life was a challenge as a foreigner in an accepting America.
Nowadays life is good, especially when I am looking forward to commiserating with my friends from yoga, jazzercise, weight training, zumba, folk dance classes, swimming or walking. Usually the ‘girls’ are younger, so I struggle to stay just as fit as they are. Also, one of my great joys is traveling, to explore how people in far away countries live life.
My drama class at the local community college hopefully keeps my mind stimulated, spending time to ponder themes and feelings of others and relating them to today’s world. Truly enjoyable are discussions with students who are more than fifty years younger and then learn of their views. After my retirement I worked for another Fine Arts degree, just for the fun of it.
To reflect on art and paint on canvases myself has been my treasured interest for many years and continues to be now. When I try to see the world through an artist’s eye it becomes richer. My creations are not meant to strike awe or make a statement. I choose subjects that make me happy to paint and reflect on. They are signed with “I. Bloom.”
With all my little adventures I wonder how I ever had time for a ‘real’ job during my working life. Except for out of control health issues like breast and skin cancer and open-heart surgery, being of my age now, makes it possible to choosewhat I want to do instead of having to earn a living. What luxury!
Of course, the whipping cream on my cake is being blessed with children and grandchildren to love. Being close to eighty years old, life is full, and I am thankful.
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