Seniority / Love of family is Fairfielder's constant companion
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.
This is a Q&A interview with Aurora Romano, 89.
Q: Do you live in Fairfield?
A: Yes, for 25 years.
Q: Are you married?
A: I was, 59 years to Frank, who died in Sept. 2006. A World War II veteran, he was a Fireman 1st Class on the U.S. Navy submarine Dentura in the Pacific Ocean between November 1943 and January 1946.
A: Three. Two boys, one girl.
A: Six. First great-grandchild due in June.
Q: Are you retired?
A: Yes, since 1962.
Q: What did you do when you worked full-time?
A: For 27 years I was a clothes-marker at Caldor in Stamford.
Q: What did you want to do when you grew up?
A: A secretary.
Q: What was a significant memory or defining moment in your childhood?
A: I remember pushing my little sister in her carriage, running after it when I let it roll down the on its own. I was always grateful when she didn't crash. I also remember my world opening up when taking a bus ride to Port Chester with my big brother. The year after that, my brother and I were on a long bus ride to Philadelphia. People didn't have cars.
It was big stuff to go all the way to Philadelphia.
Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?
A: Due to Parkinson's, I go to Grasmere Eldercare Monday to Friday. That's at the Jewish Home for the Aged. We have lots of fun ... playing games, singing old songs. A favorite in spring is Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
Q: Do you have a favorite work of Art?
A: The Sistine Chapel. I will never forget seeing it.
Q: What music do you listen to and what is your favorite piece?
A: I like waltzes from Vienna. But I can't waltz in a wheelchair.
Q: Do you have a favorite movie?
A: Driving Miss Daisy with Jessica Tandy.
Q: Do you have a favorite actor or actress?
A: John Wayne. Frank and I loved to watch westerns.
Q: What TV show do you watch regularly?
A: M.A.S.H reruns.
Q: Who do you think was the best President of the United States?
A: Jimmy Carter. He was a humanitarian and down- to-earth.
Q: If you could tell the President of the United States one thing, what would it be?
A: Make peace.
Q: What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
A: Chocolate. I could eat it at every meal.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: People who nitpick.
Q: Do you have any regrets in life?
A:Being too shy to speak up. In school, even when I knew the answer, I wouldn't raise my hand. At Eldercare I speak out.
Q: What achievent are you most proud of?
A: My 59-year marriage to Frank, my children, my grandkids.
Q: What, if anything , are you greatly concerned about?
Q: Best piece of advice for the younger generation?
A: Be thankful for all you have been given; take nothing for granted.
Q: What brings you your greatet joy?
A: My children, grandchildren.
Q: What are you looking forward to?
A: Being reunited with Frank in heaven.