Annette Capuzzo

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Annette Capuzzo

It is December 26, 2000, and Iím standing outside of my sisterís home. The sun is shining and the temps are in the upper 60ís.  Iím thinking I could learn to like this.  I had just about totaled my car on black ice while driving to work, and the winters  in New York were getting too harsh for me.   I asked my sister to look for a small house for me, which she did.   I started making plans for retirement, leaving a job I loved, told my children of my plans, and put my house up for sale. We mourn, we grieve, we move on.

 

Then everything came to an abrupt halt.  It is September 11, 2001.  That day everyone in New York had a life changing  experience.   I felt like I was abandoning my fellow New Yorkers by leaving.  I did not have a fear of  flying so soon after 9/11, but the trip is a hazy memory, like I was sleep walking. I kept reminding myself, we mourn, we grieve, we move on.

 

I became a local in November, 2001.  I loved the sunshine everyday and I was blessed with nice neighbors.  After about six months or so being busy setting up my new household, I decided it was time to extend myself outside of my community and make new friends.   I saw an article in the newspaper about the Westside Newcomers Club and made a phone call.  The woman I spoke with gave me a few details and suggested I attend the New Member Coffee held at the Rainbow Library.  I remember being so nervous, especially when I saw that each new member had to stand, introduce herself,  and give a little speech.  After I gave my speech, I had women applauding my courage and determination.  I instantly realized that this was another good choice I had made.

I am now an Associate member of WNC.  I try to be as active a member as I can be in the Singles Group.  I have met so many smart, talented and caring women.   They have given me support, guidance and friendship.  For those thinking of joining WNC, please donít let anxiety or shyness hold you back.  Remember we are all in this together.  Life is not a rehearsal, so make the most of it.