Miss Norma died today, at the age of 91.
She was born in 1925.
Can you imagine all that she has seen in her lifetime? To give you some idea here are some of the major events that came to my mind when thinking over the period of her life.
- The first Mickey Mouse films in 1928.
- Amelia Earhart’s solo flight across the Atlantic in 1932.
- King Edward VIII abdicating the British throne in 1936.
- World War II.
- The introduction of colour television in 1951.
- The Vietnam War.
- The first space flights by Yuri Gagarin and Alan Shepard in 1961.
- The assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
- The assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.
- Neil Armstrong walking on the moon in 1969.
- Disney World opening in 1971.
- The invention of the cell phone in 1973.
- Watergate in 1974.
- IBM introducing the personal computer in 1981.
- Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986.
- The Berlin wall coming down in 1989.
- The invention of the World Wide Web in 1990.
- The Gulf War.
- End of apartheid in South Africa and election of Nelson Mandela in 1994.
- 9/11 in 2001
- Iraq War
- Barack Obama being elected President of the United States in 2008.
- A 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti killed 230,000 in 2010.
Why am I talking about Miss Norma today? I never met her. I don’t know her in person, or any of her family. Yet in some ways I feel as so I do.
Just over a year ago, Miss Norma’s husband of 67 years died. Within 2 days of his death she was told that she had what was probably terminal cancer. She faced months of chemo and radiation, if she survived the initial surgery. Instead of going through treatment, Miss Normal hit the road.
Since then, Miss Norma has been traveling with her son, Tim, her daughter-in-law, Ramie, and Ringo the poodle, throughout the US in a RV. They have been posting their adventures on Facebook and almost half a million people have been following them.
I know that I initially wondered how Tim and Ramie were able to do this. In case you are too – when I looked a little more into it I found that Tim, Ramie and Ringo started living full-time in their RV in 2006 and record their own adventures on a Blog page, so it wasn’t the complete change of lifestyle for them as it first appeared to be.
Knowing that, it seems that Miss Norma simply decided to join in their fun!
As one of the followers of their Facebook page, I have shared in their celebrations of a year on the road, visits to lavender farms, petting zoos, beaches on both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, aquariums, national parks, national monuments to name but a few. She’s been horse-riding, sailing and taken carriage rides and a hot air balloon ride.
Miss Norma truly spent the last year of her life celebrating every possible moment.
Today, for the first time her full name was posted. For the past year she has simply been Miss Norma, beloved by many.
Take a few moments to read their story.
Look at the photographs.
Reflect on your life.
I have no doubts that Miss Norma left this earth today with few regrets, with a completed bucket list, and her family knowing that she died having celebrated life.
What a wonderful legacy.
What will yours be?
Norma Jean Bauerschmidt
March 31, 1925 – September 30, 2016
(c) The source of the photograph of Miss Norma is: https://www.facebook.com/DrivingMissNorma/
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