Seniority/English lady wishes for in-law's good health
Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of chats with local seniors about their lives, youthful aspirations, sources of pride and regret, plus a bit of wisdom to share with younger folks.
Jeanette Grimwade, 69, wants President Obama to stop sending people to war.
If she had a magic wand, she would use it to restore good health to her ailing sister-in-law, whom she will visit shortly in Australia.
During this interview, she also advised the younger generation to stay in school and follow a moral compass.
Q: How long have you lived in Fairfield?
A: Three months. Previously, eight years in Norwalk.
Q: Are you married?
Q: Are you retired?
Q: What did you do before you retired?
A: Was a legal secretary for 13 years for a judge in the Southern District of New York.
Q: What did you want to do when you left school?
A: Work in an office.
Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?
A: Reading, knitting, movies, volunteering at Norwalk Hospital.
Q: What was a significant or defining moment in your young adulthood?
A: I answered an ad in a British newspaper. It invited me to spend a year free in America. The invitation was to be a mother's helper. I stayed for a year and never went back to England.
Q: Do you have a favorite work of art?
A: Anything by Monet. I like the dreamy quality of his works.
Q: What music do you listen to?
A: The classics as served up by the Sacred Heart University public radio station, WSHU.
Q: Do you have a favorite movie?
A: "Gone With the Wind."
Q: Do you have a favorite actor, actress?
Q: What TV show do you watch regularly?
A: "The East Enders," a British soap opera laced with comedy.
Q: What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
A: Klondike bars.
Q: If you could tell President Obama one thing, what would that be?
A: Stop sending people to war.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Inefficient people, especially receptionists.
Q: What achievements are you most proud of?
A: My office career.
Q: Best advice for the younger generation?
A: Stay in school; follow a moral compass.
Q: What brings you greatest joy?
A: Seeing a really good movie like "The King's Speech."
Q: What, if anything, are you greatly concerned about?
A: My health. I had a stroke at age 62.
Q: What are you looking forward to?
A: Seeing my relatives in Australia.
Q: If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for?
A: That my sister-in-law in Australia be healed and that a cure for cancer develops.
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