Nola once told a news reporter, while she was in college, that when she graduated she wanted to be a storyteller on a cruise ship. After graduation, Princess Cruises hired her to be a guest lecturer on a nine-day Caribbean cruise. Oh, the stories she could tell.
I don't know about you, but it seems as if I lose some mental acuity each year. I'm just not as quick of a thinker as I used to be. Why Nola such a phenom, I don't know. The information she had to learn for both her degrees (she loved history), wasn't easy to remember. But, she kept plugging away. Why? Well, several reasons. She was from the greatest generation and when they said they were going to do something, they usually did it, it was a matter of integrity. She was planning on getting her degree in the early 30's but things happened, like The Great Depression. But her motivation was also to be a role model for her family and the many grandchildren and great grandchildren, she had.
By the way, Nola was pursuing another degree at a university in Japan in 2016, when she passed away at the age of 98. Her last address was in Dodge City, Kansas. They say the length of one's life is less important than its depth. Nola left a crater.