I was offered the assignment of writing about the greatest gift of all this week by Midlife Boulevard. Talk about a thought-provoking question!
Here’s what I came up with:
After much thought on this topic, my life has been my greatest gift. Although I didn’t always feel this way, today I am so happy to have had the opportunity to live my life with loving parents in a great country like the United States of America.
I was born in the midwestern U.S. at a time when my parents couldn’t really afford another child. My dad was just finishing his Ph.D. and my family’s life was a struggle. Here comes baby number three in four years!
Since I chose not to have children, I cannot genuinely appreciate the pressure and stress of taking care of three small children on a tiny budget in the mid-1950s. But my parents did their very best to keep us in food, clothing and happy. Some of my fondest memories are of trips to my grandparents’ homes for the holidays.
We attended great public schools and had a very good life as my Dad’s career developed and our fortunes continued to improve. My Mom also went to college eventually and became an elementary school teacher. My Dad’s job as a college professor gave all of us free tuition at one of the best colleges in the U.S.
As you all know, there were good years and tough ones throughout my 58 years on earth, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!
Especially this past decade has made it all worthwhile for me. So if you’re younger and sometimes feel cheated by life, consider all that you are learning in the process. Remember, it may pay off big time eventually!