Life with Joyce

March 12, 2010

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I have come to the conclusion that I am probably living my life backwards.  I suppose I should have stayed at home when my children were little.  You know the saying, “should of . . . would of . . . could of . . . .”  I guess I would of stayed at home, if I could of.  Or maybe not.  Looking back, I’m just not sure.  But in my own way, I guess I kind-of, sort-of stayed at “home” with my children.  It’s all in the eye of the beholder.


You see, I have a version of that typical, first-born, Type-A personality.  So at the “ripe-old-age” of twenty-two, and a 14 month old baby on my hip, I started my very own learn and play center.  I spent every day with my two young children; along with ninety or so other children.  After an eight-year run as a successful business woman, someone showed up one day and waved some unsolicited money in my direction wanting to purchase my learn and play center.  Pregnant with baby number three, I thought that maybe it was time to “retire” and take some time to catch my breath.  Well, the whole catching my breath thing really didn’t take me all that long and I found my Type-A personality accepting a position as preschool director for a local church.


Did you know that twenty-two years can go by in the blink of an eye?  That’s what happened to me.  For twenty-two years, I gave all of myself to an educational program that truly honored young children.  Then one day, I began to realize it was time for something new.  What that something was, I didn’t really know.


So I took a big leap of faith and at the “ripe-old-age” of fifty-two I retired!  Yep, I retired.  Now that my children are all grown, and the nest is empty, I stay at home every day.  I leisurely savor my coffee every morning.  I water my plants and move them around my deck.  I actually cook dinner, that’s new!  I take my four grandsons to the river and watch them grow and explore life.  Oh and I meet with Jeannine every week and we brainstorm all the ways we can make the world a better place for children.  Living life backwards has it’s perks! But I feel my Type A personality once again knocking at my door. . .


Nurse Nancy (Little Golden Book)

Book Note: Nurse Nancy

This was my favorite book when I was a little girl. I got it for my birthday and it even came with band-aids inside! I’m not really much of a nurse but I guess my big-sister, I’ve got to take care of everyone personality was drawn to this book. Or maybe it was just the cool band-aids!

Have you ever made a huge life change?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Patti Westbrook March 16, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I loved reading all about you, dear friend. I am so lucky to have been able to know you in high school…been on the dance team with you…and go to camp together to be great officers in the dance team. You are a “one of a kind” person..the best kind of person…around. You give off positive engery to all around you. You, Joyce…and your family..are a blessing to know!

Love to you and yours…Patti

Katy Swift March 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Mrs. Poe! This is so great! I am truly looking forward to following your site. Maybe someday I’ll find the time and initiative to do half the things you’ve done and help half the children you have. Right now I’m too busy with Sam and I guess living my life forwards! Who’d have thought! I still miss working for you and am always spouting off ideas to Kyle about how I can stay at home and still help other children besides my own. Hopefully some day I’ll figure it out!

Obit October 16, 2015 at 5:08 pm

You’ve got to be kidding me-it’s so tratapsrennly clear now!

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