This month, we are introducing our new bloggers not only with their posts, but with a video!
By June Headley-Greenlaw
So it happened – I turned 50 on July 16th! I’m counting among my birthday gifts finding out that I was chosen to be a new blogger. I am excited to share some of my experiences with all of you. Hopefully, my thoughts about turning 50 will help you get to know me a little and I look forward to sharing more each month.
During my birthday week celebration, I reflected on all the blessings I have in my life. But that week, I also found myself reflecting on things I don’t normally think much about – my childhood. For me, turning 50 means I not only made it through, I survived and thrived! I was fortunate to have lots of neighborhood friends in our very lower-class neighborhood, but times were tough! I grew up in a 900 square foot house with a family of four. It’s taken a lot of hard work the last 30 years for me to get to a life I’m proud to crow about.
I have a wonderful husband that is my hero! He cooks and cleans AND does the grocery shopping! We have six kids minus one. That’s a story for another blog. Four of the kids served in the military and the youngest two are in college. Five boys and the baby girl. I am blessed!
I have a nice home in a nice neighborhood where kids are safe to play in the streets and adults can be seen chatting on curbs. I’ve learned a lot from these chats and sincerely recommend that you get out and get to know your neighbors. There’s always someone you can call when you need help with a project. We literally call each other and say, “Hey, can I rent your husband for an hour”. Yes, I know how steamy that sounds, but it’s really just about a toilet or some heavy lifting that needs to be done. I promise it’s not that kind of neighborhood! Although we LOVE “the hood” it is more than we need now so we recently showed it to a couple that would like to buy in our “hood”. I told them I had to put a disclaimer on sales documents that our neighbors might show up unannounced to use the pool because they have a standing invitation. We don’t have to be there. They are all welcome! Don’t worry, I’ve got good insurance. I am blessed!
I drive a 10-year-old minivan because I haven’t quite come to terms with the fact that my youngest child is now 19 and in college. It’s a really nice van and I see no need to upgrade. I am blessed!
I have a wonderful job that has gotten me to within a month of retirement eligibility. I am blessed! Since this is my first time blogging here, I’ll let you know that I work at the University of South Carolina. Primarily, I help faculty members develop research proposals, but I also help coordinate a very large regional conference each year and anything else that folks need me to do.
While I’m starting to feel parts of my body losing strength, I am pretty healthy. I am blessed, but a little scared! During my birthday week, someone at work literally said to me, “get ready for bladder leakage”. Really? Yesterday I was 49 and today I’m supposed to start peeing my pants?
So here I sit, at the age of 50, just waiting for my application to join AARP to arrive in the mail! Feeling completely blessed and grateful to have made it this far!