Over 500 of us, and we were all over 50 were laid off from work and it was kind of heartbreaking. It was shocking because I worked there for over 30 years and was really good. Six years later someone remembered me and brought me back. I’m working there again. I feel needed again and valuable. Now I Look at aging differently, how it’s discrimination, simply for living and aging. It is kind of sad. I guess I’m one now, an older person.
I have a giant teddy bear by my bed and his name is Mortimer. I have had him since I was 14. Had him for 45 years. He is my friend. I was given Mortimer because I was so helpful to my grandmother. Took care of my grandmother, she had surgery. All the knuckles in her hands and toes were replaced so I was her hands and feet for about four months.
I never had a teddy bear and as a reward I was given this giant Mortimer teddy bear. I remember that story so fondly. He is right there beside my bed.
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