Sandy, Age 71
I am a 71 years old woman and live in a log cabin on a gravel road in Western North Carolina. I designed and built the cabin 12 years ago and was my own contractor. I had to make every decision myself-down to the placement of the last little electrical outlet. It was a blast and I loved every moment of the experience.
The best thing about being 71 is waking up in the morning with a whole big wonderful day that I get to fill up with things I want to do. No job and no particular place to go. The down side, of course, is that it takes me about six times longer to do any and every thing. If you are not careful those hours can slip by in a big hurry.
About 8 or 9 years ago I got lonely. I decided to join an online dating service. I typed in the age bracket I thought would work- (64 to 70.) I typed in the locality- (500 mile radius.) One possibility came up. I extended the age to 90 and the distance to anywhere. Wow! Three possibilities. Not good odds. Yet my dear husband John is right now adding another log to the wood stove. We met just 12 days after I started on the dating site and married five months later. He is the dearest man and every day I am thankful for his companionship.
I am a war baby. I was born in 1943 while my Father served in the Navy in the Pacific arena. I find I have very little in common with baby boomers. I recently told my son and he could not understand how so few years could make a difference. To me, they do, and I sometimes feel I have been caught in the cracks between two different ways of thinking. Anyone else have that feeling?