Don't allow my age to scare you away...I'm young in all ways and probably should have subtracted at least 10 years from my chronological age to give you a better idea of the "real me!" Family has always been important to me and I am close to both my children and grandchildren, and have an amiable relationship with my ex husband. I power walk daily, as I'm interested in remaining physically fit. I hike, love white water rafting, take ballroom dancing lessons, and plan to kayak. I joined a gym a year ago and am surprised that I enjoy working with weights, and I finally have triceps! All kinds of music appeals to me with the exception of rap. My body is a combination of athletic, slim, and average, with some curvy thrown in. I have a very quick sense of humor, a bit off-color at times, I must admit, and I've always found laughter to be such an important part of life. I'm definitely not into drama except when it's on stage in the theater. I'm a sensitive, affectionate person, with a very rational side to my personality and hope that any person I date would place importance on family, fitness, and health.
I knew I wanted to be a teacher from the time I was a child. I taught various levels from elementary through high school, but spent most of my career teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. I was a reading teacher in a K-2 school during the last 7 years of my career, and I retired in 2007.
I've always been an animal lover, particularly fond of dogs. I adopted 3 year old Baxter after fostering him for the Humane Society. This was 5 years ago. He was a cairn terrier like Toto from the Wizard of Oz. We worked/trained hard together and he came a very long way from the wild little character he was when we first met. Unfortunately, he died recently, lymphoma, but I'm so glad I was able to give him the love and security he so deserved for that short time.
I still volunteer with the ABC Program, a national program for minority students of high school age. We have an ABC House in the center of Simsbury and I've been deeply involved in ABC for over 20 years. I recently began to volunteer at a rehabilitation/nursing home facility, where I read to residents who can no longer manage to read for themselves, and I have started hospice training, something I've wanted to do for many years.