One of the perks of my job is getting know each client on a personal level and in many cases, becoming dear friends. Joyce is a case in point. There are many wonderful attributes I could expound on when it comes to sweet Joyce but what I found most enjoyable was listening to her stories of old Long Beach and her interesting career path.
At some point I always ask how the person came to live in the area and with Joyce I assumed she would return with the usual ‘my husband and I settled here after the war’ story we hear so frequently. Well didn’t she blow my socks off when she said her grandfather had a farm in the North Long Beach area. Grandfather! Not to give all of Joyce’s secrets away but she was a contemporary of Shirley Temples!
My second favorite stories centered around her career as first a nurse and then as an owner/operator of a mid-wife clinic in Anaheim. In the mid-60s Joyce applied to UCLA to complete her degree and obtain her masters in nursing. At this point she had three children of middle and high school age. The UCLA director called her in for an interview and was greatly concerned that Joyce was leaving her ‘babies’ at home. UCLA had never had a married mother in the program before. The story only got better from there.
I feel very lucky to have not only met Joyce and heard her stories, but to also call her a good friend.