History is priceless. The book, The Bite of History, is my story, a compelling view of recent times. It began in 1932.
My Dad said, “Damn! It’s a girl.” Mom just smiled. Starting as a toddler I learned woman’s work and to keep my private parts private. By age 5, I held a terrifying secret. By 6 I was cooking.
I couldn’t read in first grade, but that was OK as everyone knew that girls weren’t real smart. Struggling along, I went on to college taking home economics. In the sorority, I had friends, support and finally learned about sex and how to protect myself.
To be a housewife or have a career was a hot topic after WWII. I decided I could do both… be a food and nutrition scientist and get married. I studied like a dog and graduated with honors. I got fabulous research jobs that lasted for 10 years.
Then I made a mistake. I got pregnant. They “let me go.” Not that I wasn’t married, but being pregnant wasn’t professional.
My house of cards began tumbling down.
I divorced abusive husband # 1 (not an easy task) and then married husband #2 who died soon after. I pulled out of depression and worked when and where I could… Divorced single women with children were not welcome in the workplace. I had 3.
On the upside, I worked jobs, met people and experienced situations that I would never have known otherwise.
In the 90’s I got job teaching exercise to cardio rehab patients. That grew into a fun late-life career teaching fitness to seniors. I got strong and healthy and raised a grandson.
At 83 I retired. Kept on teaching Yoga and took up riding a trike. I began writing about my personal life … intertwining my successes and challenges in a culture that dogs women. You may find my story a bit gritty here and there, but so was life.
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