I can’t believe it…No, I’m serious. I REALLY can’t believe it. I am 70 years of age and basically fit enough to be still active…still travel…still be excited about life.
Now, why is that so darned unusual? 14 years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer, endured a 9-hour surgery (mastectomy) and ended up in Rhode Island Hospital’s ICU for two whole days. All I recall in that claustrophobic setting was towers of blinking lights beeping and reacting, tracking some poor soul’s (maybe my own) vital signs.
Staff thought I was checking out of this world and so did many in my family.
I didn’t. As a result, I have gone on to some of my most productive days in my 3rd. career— writing. The other two careers? Teaching for 30 years and real estate for another 8. All have given me knowledge and training that I now tap into when I write my Op-Eds for the Providence Journal or work on my 3 books.
But I’ve not released books about my own life, to date. That will change this year.
I am already a children’s book author. I write of my long-time partner, Paul’s experiences as long-haul trucker, traveling across America, for 30 years. Focus audience? Little kids 4-9 years old.
Our Grandpa and the Truck books have been heralded as “cool gifts for kids” by the top international, long-haul truckers’ union, OOIDA, since they speak accurately of a trucker’s life…his or her experiences…the challenges of weather, other drivers, geographic obstacles (mountain roads, city craziness, etc.) Purchase them– autographed by author (me)– at www.grandpaandthetruck.com.
We’re the only ones who have written such.
So, freelance writer, children’s book author and guest speaker to elementary audiences (our biggest audience was 200), I now look forward to branching out and completing my own books on a crazy life that has fulfilled in so many ways.
I’ll keep you posted as to a timeline of when I release the first.
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Top photo is older daughter Kerry Mellor and me; bottom is younger daughter, Amanda Mellor O’Connell and me. We had fun in Palm Springs, Calif., where they celebrated my watershed birthday.
As you can see, we make the most of the Gift of Time we’ve been given.