Tale Of A Grown Up Baby Boomer
A Bit More About Me
A good blog always begins with a “Get to Know the Blogger” page but the problem with being a Baby Boomer and reaching retirement age is that there is so much to write about! I think it best if I give you a potted version and leave the details to come out as the rest of my retirement blog continues to evolve.
As a retired Baby Boomer my personal life has followed the usual path of being a wife and mother. There is nothing in this world that brings more joy to my life than my children and grandchildren. Through the highs and lows of our life together they have stuck by me, supported me and most importantly continue to love me unconditionally. However, if you are really going to get to know me perhaps it’s best if I describe myself outside my family life. Here goes, …….
“As a retired Baby Boomer my personal life has followed
the usual path of being a wife and mother”
Who Am I?
Firstly, I am a traveler. I was born in London and emigrated to New Zealand under the £10 Pom scheme.
It was the start of a life that would bear no resemblance to the one I left behind in East End of London. It took 6 weeks on the Captain Cook to arrive in New Zealand. Passing through the Panama Canal and Curacao on the way. Families were separated for the duration of the voyage. Fathers and sons and in one cabin and mothers and daughters in another. As a seven year old, who treated the whole boat as her personal playground, I was totally unaware of how bizarre this rule was.
Secondly, I am a searcher. Reading, learning and discovery have been a driving force all my life. Sometimes taking over more than it should! I fulfilled the requirements of education for a female of my generation by becoming both a State Registered Nurse and a teacher. The first was achieved in New Zealand, the second in England .
Finally, I am unconventional. Now this description is one I have inherited from those who know me best and it’s not a description I would have given my self. I thought I just had a low boredom threshold! However, as my retirement lifestyle includes living on a houseboat I have to accept it is more accurate than I first gave it credit for.
” I am a traveler, I am a searcher, I am unconventional”
My Number One Supporter
Leaving the best to last I must share with you that living on a boat is not something I would have achieved without the support of my long suffering husband. He watches with bemusement as I bound around from one challenge to the next. And, in case you’re imagining something large, sleek and shiny (I’m referring to the boat not my husband!!) I assure you that our (non existent) retirement plan did not reach to those heights. No, it’s a 52′ houseboat that we are renovating together. She is neither sleek nor shiny but she is home.
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