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The Senior Reporter - Jeanne Sanner

Page 6 SENIOR REPORTER Online@www.Sunset-Publishing.com FEBRUARY 2012

Living Alone and Liking it

By Susanna Starr

When I returned

to New York,

after 33 years,

to attend a wedding

with my

daughter, we

were invited to

stay with the

one and only

friend from

those times that

I had kept in contact with. She

had visited me some years ago,

and we had been in contact

ever since.

Jennifer was excited to know

that we were planning on being

in New York and enthusiastically

and generously

offered to pick us up at the

airport on Long Island, take

us to her home for a couple of

nights and then send us off on

the Long Island Railroad to the

city where we would spend the

next couple of days.

The trip turned out to be so

much better than I had anticipated

and being back in a oncefamiliar

environment was

sweet. Having Jennifer pick

us up when we returned from

our city trip, taking us back to

her house,

meeting old

friends for

dinner, and

then taking

us to

the airport

the followingmorning

was so

supportive.

And she smiled all the way

through the visit, interspersed

with laughter and good humor.

Yes, being with Jennifer was a

delight, but equally as delightful

was seeing the life she had

created for herself. Divorced

from her husband for many

years, she was completely relaxed

and satisfied with the

way her life had unfolded and

with the decisions she had

made.

A former librarian, she was

still actively involved with

the library in her small town

where she also worked as a

volunteer. She lived practically

in the center of this charming

North Shore town located on

Long Island Sound, which was

quaint and attracted tourists as

well as providing ferry trans-

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portation across the Sound to

Connecticut. Her house was

small and easy to maintain and

she had close-by access to the

railroad when she wanted to

visit her children in the city.

Every year she traveled with

friends to a different part of the

world and seemed to thoroughly

enjoy these trips. Another

avid reader, she had lots of

time to pursue her most enjoyable

interest. It’s hard to think

of her except for a smile on her

face and laughter in her voice.

She’d like to lose weight but

feels that giving up her smoking

habit was more important

to her health.

Of all the people I know, she

seems to have eliminated the

word “stress” from her vocabulary.

Now, isn’t that a gift!!

Susanna Starr is the author of

“Fifty and Beyond: New Beginnings

in Health and Well-

Being.”

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