I like to think of myself as a fairly independent person. But when I see young women out in the working world, I realize how really sheltered I am. And since John retired, I find it even more so. He rents the cars, does most of the driving, and deals with people at hotels and stores. He stays with me at social events where I don’t know people so I won’t have to be making chitchat on my own. What a good person! I think I was more independent when I first came out of college. I did a little traveling for my job and even stayed by myself in a hotel once but I never rented a car on my own until about 10 years ago. It is so easy to slip into a mode of avoiding all the “hard things.” I really need to force myself to do the tasks that are the most difficult for me before they become impossible.