I went back to college to get my Education degree in my late 30’s. I was a nontraditional student on a very traditional campus. Many universities have great programs to encourage older adults to return to school and get their degrees, but my alma mater did not. I was most definitely different. However, I was placed in a cohort with amazing students and they welcomed me as their “school mom.” I loved this part of my life during this time period. My capstone class right before graduating was creative writing. We were assigned an “Around” poem for our first writing. I’ll never forget sharing this with my classmates. I was very anxious to share my life experiences with this group of 20 somethings who had barely lived in my eyes. I felt so different in this setting and nearly let my fear of rejection get the best of me. But, I shared and they received and it was a very proud moment for this old school mom. I’d like to share that poem with you here. On a side note, I have done a lot more living since I wrote this poem…and I think I might write another one – and updated one in the near future.
Around 2006, I returned to school and was labeled non-traditional.
Around 1979, my oldest brother left home at the age of 16 without saying goodbye.
Around 1997, after 18 hours of labor, my first child came into the world.
Around 2007, on a bitter, cold morning, my Grandpa died.
Around 1975, I stood at the bus stop waiting for my first day of kindergarten…the bus never came.
Around 1993, I married my high school sweetheart.
Around 1974, I watched my dog Benji get hit by a car while I played in the front yard.
Around 2001, on an icy morning, I gave birth to my daughter.
Around 2008, I watched my brother’s son marry his high school sweetheart.
Around 2003, I walked my son to school fir his first day of kindergarten…we didn’t take any chances with the bus.
Around 1984, I kissed a boy for the first time – at the county fair. His name was Nick.
Around 2008, my high school sweetheart and I ended our 15-year marriage…at the breakfast table.
Around 2006, my son and I walked my daughter to school for her first day of kindergarten.
Around 1985, I had my heart broken for the first time.
Around 2008, I learned to be me again…still non-traditional.
It’s bittersweet to sit and reflect on all of those poignant moments that stick in my memory. It’s also comforting to know that I have been blessed with such a life. What moments would appear in your Around poem? I encourage you to take time to reflect and be thankful for this life today! Much love.