When you were five, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was five I wanted to be a Veterinarian. I loved animals. I still do. However, life had other plans for me.

I was married for the first time when I was seventeen. My Mom signed for me but she didn’t want to; she kept asking me, “Are you sure?” And my reply was always the same, “I’m sure, I love him.” At seventeen, I had no clue what love was. This marriage lasted a whole eighteen months and I got my daughter from it. I was eight months pregnant when we divorced. You can’t do that now.

Back then I was working the fast food scene. I worked at Little Italy Pizza, first, then at Burger Chef, and finally at Burger King.

By the time I got married the second time, I was already working at Kroger.

My second marriage lasted twenty years and I got my son from it.

I am now on my third marriage, we’ve been married nearly twelve years, been together almost fifteen. I got my stepdaughter and stepson from it.

I was still working at Kroger when Brett and I got married. All in all, I spent thirty-two years at Kroger. I retired two years ago and am now working in Home Health as an aide.

All of these jobs were a long way from being a Veterinarian.