|Wow! It is hard to believe that it has been 50 years already. After
graduation, I married a wonderful guy (Tom Wurth) and we have three fantastic
children (2 boys and 1 girl). We moved from St. Louis to Chicago
in 1961 when Tom took a job with an engineering company there. After
two years of shoveling snow, he decided it was time to move again. Our
next home was in Overland Park, Kansas where Tom worked as a research engineer
for Gulf Oil Company. Gulf subsequently moved us to Houston, TX where we
have lived for the past 36 years.
When our children started school, I decided it was time for me to return to school and I enrolled in the University of Houston. Tom was very supportive and encouraging. So much so that I kept on going to school after I earned my Bachelors until I finished my doctorate. After teaching in public schools for five years, I became an educational consultant and vice president of Educational Services for a major educational software company. My job required that I travel five days a week. After 14 years working out of a suitcase, I decided it was time to get back to Houston and only travel for fun. Tom and I have visited Australia, Italy, Greece, France, Turkey, the Ukraine, England, Germany, Mexico and numerous islands.
Finally last year, I retired from my job as Faculty Development Director for The Art Institute of Houston and we moved from our too-large family home to a lovely new home in a planned community to be nearer our daughter and granddaughter. We love our new location with its bike and hike trails and activities that keep us very busy. Tom and I belong to a 50+ group that gets together for weekly games, potluck and monthly trips. We also belong to a book club, bridge club and a lifelong learning group at the local college where we attend lectures and take day trips.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading and teaching graduate classes online for Nova Southeastern University. Total retirement just isnít for me.
After they graduated from the University of Houston, our children all married and live close by. Our entire family is into biking Ė our oldest son owes a bicycle shop and the youngest son owned two bicycle shops until he decided to retire at 40 and sold out. He soon became bored and is now a bicycle rep. Our daughter is a stay-at-home mom, but is thinking of teaching in a year or two when our granddaughter, Delaney gets older.
I guess that is the shorthand version of the past 50 years. My life
has truly been blessed. I enjoyed growing up in St. Louis and loved Ritenour
and my friends. It was a great foundation for my future family life and
I look forward to the reunion and visiting old friends.
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