Those were the days, my friends. How fortunate we all were to have grown up in U.City in a time of peace and to enjoy each other in such a great school. I cast my eye on Bill Comfort in seventh grade, walking down the hall with my best friend, Jo Bradbury. A kiss on a church hayride in eighth grade led to a charmed 54 years together.
Bill died in June, 2014, two days after his 76th birthday. We raised two great kids, who, as Bill always said, gave us a good return on our investment with seven above average grandkids, four girls and three boys. Son Bill raised his four in Kirkwood and daughter Elizabeth raised her three in Park City, Utah. The oldest is 28, youngest is 18. No great grandbabies yet but I still walk five days week, plus yoga and Y workouts every week so maybe I can hold a great grandchild one day.
Bill and I married the summer before our senior year at Mizzou, and after graduation spent six months at Fort Sill, then back to St. Louis where he entered the insurance business and I taught 5th grade at Jackson Park. I taught preschool before my kids were in school full time, then taught 26 years in Clayton. During those years, I got a Masters in ED Counseling from Wash U and hosted Danish, German and Swiss exchange students, who are now part of our extended family.
In 76-77 we took leaves from our jobs, took kids out of school and backpacked around the world for nine months. That was a grand and challenging adventure that has significantly impacted our life and world views.
I miss my sweetheart and always will but Bill left me with a tremendous zest for life and adventure. I still travel, Morocco with a grandson and Japan with another grandson, cruises with my sister and friends, going to Iceland and Europe in 2019…I continue volunteer work as Board member of Sherwood Forest, http://www.sherwoodforestSTL.org, and am a Director Emeritus, which means I’m old!
Last year I moved to a condo in Kirkwood and can walk to the library, the Y, Farmer’s Market, and my UU church which is very involved in social justice advocacy efforts. I marched in Washington in January and wore a pink pussy hat my grand daughter made for me. These are not the peaceful times we enjoyed as kids. I play a little golf and am in several duplicate bridge groups. Kept our Symphony tickets, enjoy the Rep, good movies and good books.
Life is still good!
Update May 2022:
My news is that after three wonderful years of late life love with Gerry Mandsl, class of 53, I moved in with him. We said we’d never do that! I loved my condo and he still has his house. We lived 6 minutes apart and were back and forth constantly and were always happiest when together. Why maintain two households??? My new address is 503 Taylor Young Dr. Kirkwood, MO 63122.
Cheers and best to all of you,