|Sherry Goff had been a teacher all her working life, so when she decided to go back to school and train as an occupational therapist after her time at home with her three daughters, she didn’t think she’d face too many problems. After all, she’d never really left education. But her first shock came in her first class. Retaking Chemistry after 23 years, the 43-year-old Sherry, who now wore reading glasses, found it wasn’t so much that she couldn’t understand the text she couldn’t even see it – the print was too small.
It’s a cute little anecdote, this one about the aging mom bumbling through the chem. class. It’s the kind of story you might expect when you think about baby boomers retraining for the second half of their lives. You can just picture her squinting at the symbols, wondering what the hell she’s going to do.
So what did she do? This incident took place almost fifteen years ago. Sherry’s had a life since then. When I talked to her, she was keen to point out that it hasn’t been a particularly unusual life, “I’m not superwoman,” she said.
No she’s not. Instead she’s a woman with an encouraging story. She’s a mother who’s had two different careers, each one requiring its own specialist training, Her two careers occurred on either side of raising her kids.