From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

December 30

Age hasn’t taken the explorer out of Aunt Anne. Her husband died, leaving her alone at their home in New York’s Catskill Mountains. She woke up one day and proclaimed, “Well, if life’s going to blow some wind into my sails, I better get my boat out.”

She shoved off in a little mobile home in Florida. Her only baggage was the overflow of her creative spirit: clay for sculpting, music, poetry. At age 75, she faced an adventure she thought she would never enjoy again: love.

She and Jack had been married for seven years when she suggested they take a vacation in the Catskills. As they explored the woods, Jack let go of Aunt Anne’s hand and fell to the ground. He passed away before the ambulance reached the hospital.

I fretted for her and wondered how she would handle this turn of events. But she moved to Wisconsin to be near her son and grandchildren. I received word from her not long ago. “I’m so excited about the sculpting classes I’m teaching in Madison. Isn’t it wonderful?” Yes, it is, I thought. Aunt Anne was still in the thick of it.

Anne Marion as told to Eileen Lawrence

When life blows wind into your sails,
you had better get your boat out.

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