Collected Tales from our Life's Journey's




Susan Wilcoxon


Where have you been? and what have you been doing? - - - family, school, career, pastimes, good times, etc.

I attended Muskingum University and graduated in 1970.  My social skills matured while my academic skills were slow to awaken.  In graduate school at OSU, I grew into my adult self and began to emerge as an educator.  My career took me from teaching elementary school to being a school principal.  After retirement, I received my gifted education certification and was a coordinator of a school program.  After retiring for real, I began my volunteer career in service at a local food pantry.  I joined the board, wrote the tax exempt application and our little local board began to make a difference in our community.  Other opportunities for service came with volunteer work at food pantries in the greater Columbus area which is one of the ways that my understanding of the world emerged.  
I am married to Don Hite and we will celebrate our 25th anniversary in March.  We love to travel and have been to many places around the world.  We are so looking forward to traveling again when the Covid restrictions aren't well... so restrictive! I have four wonderful step children, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  They are such a blessing since I was not able to have children of my own.  
My husband I live in a wonderful community that is close knit and vibrantly diverse in all senses of the word.  It is another opportunity to grow and learn about other walks in life that our neighbors have led.  

favorite high school memory

Hmmm...lots.  - English teacher, Mr. Disbro, standing on his head atop the teacher's desk, *senior prom at Valley Dale (with Jim Joseph), *Battle of the Bands in upstairs of Holiday Swim Club,* Warriorettes,* Judy Becker's bodacious lunches that she could share with the entire lunch table, * protest at Eastmoor Drive-in due to their restrictions on teens, * summertime open houses, *working at my uncle's ice cream store- Johnson's

unique achievement

Probably becoming an elementary school principal after being a mediocre student until graduate school.  I became a good writer and public speaker in that role which would have been inconceivable at an earlier age.  Being a late bloomer, I had empathy for my students who were yet to reach their potential.

standout event

My wedding to Don Hite in my friend's Japanese garden at Santa Ana, California.

unforgettable trip

Many but here are a few...  
Tahiti, Napa Valley, Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, cruises in Mediterranean, European rivers, along Mexican Riviera
Backpacking in Europe

little-known fact

My bucket list has always included - learning to drive a semi-truck and cruising the Amazon.  I have no idea why these two are on the list, but somewhere in my sub-conscience they germinated!  Amazon is more likely at this point!

You’ve come a long way in 55 years. Where are you going in the next five years?

I would like to travel as much as possible while I am still able to do so.  We are having a hard time deciding which trip to take first!  
I consider myself a lifelong learner which leads me to embrace as many experiences as possible.  
Oh, and I want to learn to play pickleball!