My niece, Rian, posted in the comments from the previous post that she "is still a work of art in progress." That comment spoke to me because even at my age, I could say the same. All of us are the sum of our parts. There are certain events that have happened during my lifetime that have heavily influenced my current world view. So to help my descendants give context to my life, here are some of the events that have influenced me.
Within the family:
- Being the first-born of seven children, five boys and two girls. The first four of us were born in less than four years.
- Being the product of a "mixed marriage" (non-Catholic father and Catholic mother), and all that implied in my earlier years.
- Attending Catholic schools from 1st grade through high school.
- Growing up in a family with a strong work ethic and an underlying assumption that we would all go to college, etc.
- Being a part of a large extended family, especially on my maternal side.
- Although there wasn't a lot of money, I never missed a meal and was never without a necessity.
- I was always greatly interested in the space program from the time that Russia launched the Sputnik through the U.S. putting a man on the moon. I wish we still had a vision for space, innovation and exploration that we could afford.
- I was heavily impacted by the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy.
- My generation was heavily impacted by the War in Viet Nam. I think it took a toll on my ex-husband who fought in the infantry. I tend to be a pacifist. I hate war.
- I've always had a strong sense of social justice and a desire that all Americans be treated equally and have some of the same opportunities that have made all of the difference for me.
- As a child who grew up in the idyllic 50s and came unto my own as a young adult of the 60s, I am a part of the Boomer Generation. I have always believed that when we as a group were ready to retire, we would then be thought of as the problem. I'm seeing that more and more.