Marc Pearl

Driving Miss Norma

"We cannot control the wind, but we can direct the sail" -author unknown


A year ago, at 90 years old, Norma Jean Bauerschmidt was diagnosed with uterine cancer and this was after having just lost her husband two days prior.  She was faced with a major decision to spend her last days fighting the cancer or live them to the fullest.  She chose the latter and loaded up into a RV with her son and daughter-in-law and hit the road on a cross country road trip, cataloging her adventures on Facebook, where her page currently has 455,723 likes. 


In a little over a year, she rode 13,000 miles, visited 32 states and slept in 75 different locations. She was a World War II Navy Vet and was an honored guest on an aircraft carrier, saw the Grand Canyon, played the ukulele, the list goes on and on. This past week, while getting ready to go whale watching in the San Juan Islands, Norma finally succumbed to the disease and passed on, surrounded by her family and her dog.


In one year, this 90 year old saw more of this country than most of us will in our entire lives and lived each day to its fullest. Sadly, too many of these stories begin in the final chapters. Why not make these choices earlier on? Choose to live life to the fullest now! Her daughter in law said in lieu of flowers or donations, she suggested people pay tribute to Norma Jean by "infusing some joy in the world. Pay it forward in your own community. Pay it forward in your own family. Take your grandmother out for lunch. Heck, take her out for a beer!" Cheers to that for sure!  Got to go now, I'm going to call my Dad. It has to beer thirty somewhere...



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