I love older women!
older than me, that is. i think about all i’ve been through in my 44 years – the things i’ve done, seen, loved + cried over and, well, it’s a long list. that’s why i appreciate hearing from other women that are even older than me. they are in their 60’s or above and willing to mentor + share with me their wisdom.
so today, i will share with you my notes from shirley. Shirley is my dad’s cousin and one of the neatest people that i know! she and her husband jerry, surprised my mom for her 70th birthday party along with my aunt annette. ROF and i got to know shirley and jerry even more and i love this lady! thanks shirley for the great insight!
name: Shirley Gasvoda
occupation before and after marriage: Assistant Counselor at Indiana University
1. The best thing about growing older: The peace and contentment of a life well lived, the joy of helping to create a happy family, the time to do what you want and not what you have to do and, most of all, not having to look like a raving beauty to impress people knowing you’ve earned every wrinkle and grey hair!
2. My favorite (age) decade was the 50’s because our children were raised and mostly on their own, we had enough money to do things we enjoyed and we were still healthy and energetic enough to kick up our heels and look forward to grandchildren!
3. The meal I cooked the most was pot roast which was the favorite of my three men and I must have baked pies a hundred times over. I was and am the designated pie maker for all the Gasvoda holidays and that usually calls for five or six each time.
(i think we need both recipes, right? will you share, shirley?)
4. The best decision I ever made was to marry young to my wonderful husband. We had our two boys at an early age which may not be as easy today but we were lucky to be surrounded by family to help and a strong love to depend on. One advantage for us was that we were still young and healthy enough to be active after the kids were grown and we can enjoy our retirement years together.
5. The worst decision I made was not pursuing a college education after being awarded a scholarship to Indiana University. I was in love with my husband and decided to work at I.U. at home to be close to him while he attended Purdue University. Fortunately it worked out well but I would have benefited from not only the knowledge but the social advantages college would have offered.
6. The advice I would give to a young woman is be yourself and not be influenced by social media if it contradicts what you want in life. Think before you make a decision and if it’s the life you want badly give it all you can and go pursue your dreams. If a husband is one of your goals, make sure he treats you with respect and love and wants your happiness as well as his own and you both have the same desires in life.
7. I had two very strong women in my life and I admired them greatly. My Grandmother came to the USA alone via Ellis Island when she was sixteen years old. She spoke only German and didn’t know a word of English. She was sponsored by a Dr. in Chicago and found work as a Nanny and supported herself until she married my Grandfather at twenty one years of age. She had eight children and lived a happy life until age 76.
My Mother was also very strong and raised two children on a tenth grade education with little financial assistance. She was a very hard worker and was always ready to take more than one job to supply our needs. She had no help from the government which would probably be unheard of today! I like to hope that both these ladies shared some of their strength with me.
8. Who is the most famous person you’ve met? I’ve met some wonderful people along the way and impressed by their love of country and humanity but to categorize them as movie stars, politicians etc. would not top my list though I’ve met several. I’ve had the pleasure of being guided by two Christian ministers who mentored and blessed me with their deep and abiding faith and have the love of fantastic friends and family that have provided unending inspiration. Friends and Family make my world go around and a God that supports my every move….What more is there???
thanks, shirley. i appreciate you.
and people – look for more of these to come in the future!