Up until age 37, life was a blast and she had led a charmed life.
Shortly thereafter she experienced life’s travesties, death in the family and the inevitable aging and passing of her beloved parents.
Since her very first experience in school everything seemed to go her way. Early on she earned good grades easily, was popular in school and social circles, worked for a great wardrobe and the material things that only a young girl can hope for and understand the importance thereof. From that moment on she led a charmed life, things always going her way. Married, college-educated and the mother of two children were the highlights of her life.
She remembered her childhood both with pride and honor, with values learned from her parents and teachers. She recalled the small northern New Mexico town where a Saturday dance followed by Sunday Mass was on most everyone’s agenda. She recalled all the teachers who contributed to her character. She also remembered those who offered only negativity. She knew she would always remember that community with pride and high emotion.
Now considered middle-aged she recounted the many celebrities she had met during her lifetime — from Oprah to President Clinton. She recalled the many national and international places she had visited both for business and pleasure from Europe to Mexico to the Big Apple. She recalled the beautiful hills where the Sound of Music was filmed also remembering a train ride from Vienna to Salzburg. She recalled enjoying a glass of wine at a restaurant high atop and near the Bavarian Alps and shared a meal with her husband in a castle restaurant in Budapest. She felt the cold within a monastery in Germany, yet remembered the warmth of a 12-course dinner at the Hapsburg Palace while being entertained by the Vienna Boys Choir on her husband’s birthday. She recalled the excitement of Las Vegas at night, and the warm beaches of Los Cabos, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. She recalled the fun of Disneyland, Disney World, Sea World and the beauty of Sausalito, Calif., and Colorado.
She summarized the many beautiful gifts she had received in her life from diamonds, cars, to clothes — most obviously given with love. A sentimentalist at heart she saved many treasures near and dear to her heart.
A quick overview of her life to date told her that God had blessed her life ultimately, and that diamonds, cars, houses, celebrities, luxury trips and clothes are all expendable and can never replace the emotion of seeing her only grandson come through the front door, with a winning smile, the innocence of youth saying, “Hi Nana!”