When I was a kid, one of the jobs she had was as a book-keeper for St. Catherine's College, a private, Catholic school in Washington Co. which offered associate's programs and basic college level education. While employed there, she took some courses. Years later, when I left home to go to the University of Kentucky, she decided that she wanted to finish doing something with her college education and enrolled at UK as well. She pursued a journalism degree while I was getting my English degree. At one point, we actually shared a class together. If memory serves me correctly, she graduated before I did.
One year for Christmas, she decided that she wanted to do something with all of her kids that was unique and a new experience for her. I was in my early 20's at the time, she in her 40's, and she decided that with me, she wanted to go to a local Laser Tag arena in Lexington and play laser-tag with me.
A couple of years ago, my mom decided that at the age of 56, she wanted to learn to play the drums. At first she started learning some basics with a practice pad from a couple of friends and family members who play. Soon, though, she began taking lessons and bought herself a drum kit. I happened to be home the week it arrived and I helped her assemble it in her living room.
Not long after she learned a little about playing, I took a short video of her rock'n out. It's been well over a year, and I'm sure she's gotten a lot better at it by now, but I wanted to share it with you.
My mom's a pretty amazing lady. She has a spirit that I not only envy, but I'm sure I inherited. I have this idea about going skydiving sometime in the near future, and whenever I mention it her eyes light-up a little bit. I'm not sure if/when I decide to do it she'll actually go, but it wouldn't surprise me if she did.