by Mary Tennyson…Twenty-three graduates of my alma mater, Purdue University, have gone on to become astronauts, including the late Neil Armstrong, who was the first man to walk on the moon in 1969 and Gene Cernan, the last.
Those Aha! Moments with Mary Tennyson
Mary Tennyson grew up in the Washington, DC area, went to college in the Midwest, started her career in Boston, and ventured west to California after her husband, Pete, finished law school. She has a BA from Purdue and an MBA from USC. A career/wife/mom, she spent 20 years in the computer software world. In 2008 she founded StashAll®, which manufactures a product line of stylish accessories for the mobility challenged. She and Pete have four grown children and reside in Orange County, CA.
Recently I had the rare privilege of attending a Master Class presented by singing legend Barbara Cook. She was in Orange County, CA to perform in concert at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Barbara turned 85 last October, and is on tour around the country celebrating her birthday.
If there is one thing I have learned, it’s that age does sneak up on us. I feel lucky that I can still walk up and down hills every day and visit the gym three days a week. I fight osteoporosis. My mom shrank five inches in her 60’s and 70’s. But I must admit I do feel better on the days I work out in very different ways than simply trying to protect my height.
I’m enjoying my annual visit to Sundance Film Festival in Park City. Day six and finally a movie to truly love!
My mom has been gone for over two years, but some of her decisions are still haunting me. Recently I received a check from the state issued in her name for an overpayment of payroll taxes in 2010. WHAT? The check was for less than $100; but what a headache trying to get it deposited into an account.
Remember that poem, “When I am an Old Woman I shall wear purple?” My mother-in-law had that on her kitchen wall for years. She passed away last week at 91 and she never wore purple or a red hat, but she always had a spirit of whimsy.
Who would think that 44 years later my husband and I would be tailgating with classmates from college! Where did the time go? It seemed like yesterday that we were walking across campus for a Saturday game, strategizing our activities for our clubs, and planning for alums (old people) to show up on campus. The alums always wanted to tell us how it “used to be.”