“I drove a school bus in Illinois for 35 years. I had five kids. We were starting a construction company and money wasn’t there so I had to do something. My kids rode my bus so I didn’t have to get a babysitter. I loved driving the bus, but the winters are tough in Illinois. I once drove during a whiteout and couldn’t see a thing with all of the kids on my bus. I put it all in God’s hands. I didn’t know we crossed the overpass above the interstate until we were on the other side. God got us through it.
A nephew of ours married a girl from Fairhope in 1979. We were in construction until 2001 and we starting RV’ing. Our son was stationed in California and we took three months in the winter driving there. My husband’s brother had moved to Fairhope so we stopped here on the way to California. We are now snowbirds living in a trailer park in Fairhope. We come down the first of October and go back to Illinois the first of April. Fairhope has been my second home for 15 years. I go to Walmart and know people.
I am staring the year off with a trip to Hawaii at the end of January with my three daughters. My son and son-in-law are coming down to stay with my husband. I am looking forward to a little time away.
My husband has Alzheimer’s. We have been married for almost 56 years. His short-term memory is gone. He still remembers me but there have been a couple of moments he didn’t. It hurts to know that it will happen more and Moore. My wish for 2020 isn’t going to happen. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. We used to build houses together for Habitat for Humanity and he and his friends made rocking horses for the needy. They probably made a thousand of them. He did so much good and Alzheimer’s takes so much away. I take good care of him and find reasons to laugh and keep going.”