Sylvia was part of the first round of my "Over 50 with Maggie" project.
Born: Sylvia Ann Johnson in Baxter, Kentucky, I am 79 years old . I grew up in Kentucky. At age 4, I was taken from my home in Baxter to Bledsoe, Kentucky to live in a Baptist Home for Children (AKA orphanage). When I finished 8th grade, I went to Red Bird Mission High School located in Beverly, Kentucky. Here I lived and worked for my room and school tuition until I graduated high school. I returned to Bledsoe on holiday and two weeks each summer.
After high school I married my sweetheart and went to work for J J Newberry five and ten cent store in Pineville, Kentucky. I was age 18. I worked there pending my admission to Pineville School for Practical Nursing. Once I began school again I worked part time as nurse aide. When I got my LPN license I went to work full time for Pineville Community Hospital.
I became a mother at age 22. And, once again at age 28. Nothing is as wonderful or as challenging as being a parent. I am very proud of my two children. They are both good citizens and independent.
I moved many times to many places through the years. I kinda had a thing that said “if you don’t like where you are, change it.” Complaining never fixes anything if there is no action. I also feel that if you want something be willing to work for it. I realized I needed to go back to school. I needed to increase my income and my position. I began to take night classes. The last two years I went full time to school and worked part time. I received my RN in 1984. I worked a total of 51 years in nursing.
My husband and I love to do ballroom dancing, hike, and travel. When we can’t go we both like to read. I do not believe my values have changed. I have always felt that family is the most important thing in life. To love and be loved. My bucket list is never going to be empty. I have done a lot of the things that are on it. It seems each one completed brings two more that I want to do. "Move it or lose it" is more important after age 50.
"You never get a second chance to make a first impression."
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