Since then, I've taken up watercolor lessons and have gone to France for one of the best trips I have ever been on.
I haven't lived an ordinary life. Growing up as an Army Brat showed me an appreciation for the depth of other cultures. It taught me tolerance and how to learn and adapt quickly. A hundred years or so of teaching English to teenagers heightened my skills of perception, curiosity, explaining, patience, and gave me an edgy sense of humor.
While I spend time with my friends, I miss having a man in my life. Closeness, sharing, affection, and laughter are things that have been missing from my private life for far too long. Men are fun and brave and sexy and gallant and strong and unfathomable and funny and irrepressibly boyish and . . . well, I really miss having a good man in my life. I miss sharing our days whether we've been together or apart, sharing meals, music, films, books, the daily news, funny stories, deep thoughts, emotions, and physical affection.
All of that adds up to a woman who is smart, enthusiastic, funny, caring, and adventurous. As a relationship develops I become vulnerable, loving, and supportive.
I'm learning to paint watercolors, gathering with friends, going to plays and other performances, reading.
Movies (a partial list): The African Queen, Amelie, Avatar, It's a Wonderful Life, Chicago, Shakespeare in Love, Monster House, It's Complicated, Shirley Valentine, Being John Malkovich, Lost in Translation, Unbearable Lightness of Being, Brazil . . . so many films, so little time
Music: pretty much everything, but if I had to pick, give me the Blues, melodic jazz, American Songbook, ragtime, oldies from my youth, and some newer stuff (Glee and early Lady Gaga come to mind), some classical, honky-tonk, and rockabilly.
Food: anything that is prepared well (My ancestors were peasants and any who were picky eaters starved to death and apparently did not reproduce, so I like EVERYTHING.)