Me Being Me!

Hello Fellow Bulldogs! I received an email from one of my ’69 classmates and longtime friends, Jerry Driggs. He wanted to discuss an idea for the SHSAA web site and newsletter. I couldn’t imagine what I could contribute to the newsletter let alone the web site. I was somewhat apprehensive but thought - How bad could it be? To say I was surprised about what he had in mind would be an understatement. Here’s how the conversation went.

JD: “Hey Rita. First of all, Happy Birthday! You and I both turn 66 this year. I was thinking. Of all the people that we went to school with, you are the only one I know who is doing something today that is as physically demanding and emotionally satisfying as it was when you were 16 years old – fifty years ago.”

ME: “You better explain that a little more!”

JD: “You’re right! That could be taken a couple of ways! What I mean is, back at South you were a cheerleader, a dancer, and always motivating people with your enthusiasm and spirit. I see your Facebook posts almost daily and did a little digging. At 66, you are the oldest, active Jazzercise Instructor in Central Ohio. You’re teaching 5 to 10 classes a week and have been doing that every week for 25 years!

ME: “Uh huh. Go on.”

JD: “The people taking your classes post such inspiring comments about how your classes, your energy, and your attitude impact their lives. It dawned on me that at 66 you are doing things that women half your age aren’t able to do. I think that would be a great story to share.” ME: “Wow! I never looked at it that way. I can’t imagine that with so many other stories, that anyone would be interested.JD: “Are you kidding me? I think it is exact