In a few weeks I’ll be 70 years old.
My last post was called, “Being 20”. It was 1965. I became a teacher that year, went to Alberta for my first teaching assignment, met my future husband, and became engaged before the end of the year.
- 1966 – I got married, joined CUSO (a volunteer organization), and went to Zambia. I taught Math to High School students.
- 1967 – I gave birth to my first daughter, Michelle. I wrote a Math text-book for adult literacy during my pregnancy.
- 1968 – We returned to Canada and lived in Montreal where my husband was working. It was a case of reverse culture shock to be in Canada again.
- 1969 – I gave birth to my second daughter, Lindiwe.
- 1970 – I gave birth to my third daughter, Carla.
- 1971 – We moved to Ottawa. I took my first art class, working on oils.
- 1972 – Looked after babies. Cooked, cleaned, sewed, knitted, cooked, cleaned.
- 1973 – More of the same.
- 1974 – We moved back to Montreal. Two weeks later I gave birth to my fourth daughter, Monica.
- 1975 – I turned 30.
This was, perhaps, my busiest decade. Five of those years were spent with another human being attached to my body in one way or another. Pregnant or breastfeeding. I loved (and still love) being a mother but that was difficult. However, it had always been my plan to have my children in my twenties and “bring them up” in my thirties and forties. And that’s what I did. Successfully.
Getting to 30 was not always an easy road. We had challenges along the way, but we persevered and with the help of God, we entered our thirties stronger and more committed to each other and our family than ever.
So, good times. Good times!
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day. – Maureen