When I was little, my dad worked at a military recruiting office in New York City.
He’d show me the books, but I couldn’t really understand them.
He told me that he’d been a naval officer.
It was the only job I’d ever had.
I’ve always been drawn to military, and I wanted to serve my country in the military.
But after I graduated from high school, my Dad told me he was moving to Florida, where he planned to retire.
At the time, I was thinking, What’s the point of getting married and starting a family?
I thought, This is it.
I’ll be an adult, and maybe I’ll have a child.
I got married and started a family.
The day my husband left, I got a phone call from the recruiter.
He said, I can’t get back to you.
I couldn´t understand what he meant.
I didn’t understand what was happening to me, but it seemed like everything was falling apart.
I didn’t think that I’d be able to get back.
I wanted so badly to go to college.
So I did my best to get my kids to do what I wanted them to do.
I was so scared.
My dad had been in the Air Force for 20 years, and my son had been a junior in high school.
I told him, I have to do everything that I can.
I’ve got to go do what you want.
He was very understanding, and he said, Don´t worry.
If anything happens, I’ll take care of you.
That´s how it worked out.
The next year, when my son was 10, I told them I was going to be an astronaut.
My parents weren’t surprised.
They thought I was just trying to find a way to get ahead.
They were already worried about me.
My sister-in-law was a NASA astronaut and was working for NASA in Florida, too.
She was like, I´m so excited, because my kids are going to go into space.
My mother-in_law and my brother-in law were very worried about us, but my dad said, You know, if they do it, I want them to stay there.
My brother- in-law had two kids, and we didn’t want to have to make a decision that they would stay home.
He gave them a lot of advice.
He said, Do whatever you have to.
If you can´t do it yourself, get somebody to help you.
My son had an engineering degree from Columbia University, so he was very smart.
He had an internship at Lockheed Martin, which was a huge company.
My wife and I worked at McDonalds, and that was a big deal.
It made a lot more sense to go out there and work for McDonalds.
We were so happy.
When I first started, my wife and children had never seen us do anything together.
My sons-in‑law had never met us.
They had never even seen the movies or seen me work.
I had my own crew.
The last time I worked for McDonald’s, we got $1,000 for every dollar we spent.
My kids weren’t interested in me working there, and they would never have gone to college without me.
I had a great time in my career, and it wasn´t easy.
I worked very hard.
But when I was in my 30s, I started to think, If I can´te, I should.
And I started getting divorced.
I would spend days away from my kids.
My youngest son was six years old.
I wasn´ t able to spend a lot, so I was spending more time with my oldest son, and then I was starting to lose touch with my kids as well.
I stopped coming home, because I thought I should do something else.
Then my husband told me, You can´ve work for me.
He didn´t have to go far.
We worked together.
He didn´ t get to spend much time with me.
We lived in a one-bedroom apartment.
I could just be there all day.
My daughter-in‐law and I were on our own.
My oldest son was in a special class at the University of Miami.
He went to school with a lot less people, and when he came home from school, he’d sit down and talk to us.
I think it made a huge difference in our lives.
He was so happy to have me there.
We had lots of friends.
We’d play tag, we’d play basketball, we did all kinds of sports together.
We didn´tt have a big family.
I knew my kids, so my oldest was a little older than my son, but we were close.
My oldest son loved going to the playground with us.
He would go into the playground and