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.

Q: Children?

A: Three. Two boys, one girl.

Q: Grandchildren?

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?

A: War.

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.