Maria, my wife was a retired Community Nursing Sister having worked on the District for over 30 years.
I have two step-children from Maria's first marriage (her first husband was killed). At the time, being in my 20's, it didn't seem a big deal, although it is a huge responsibility. Now some 50 years later, I am even more aware of the responsibility and I just hope that I haven't disappointed them too much! They are both now grown up. Simon was a Marine Chief Engineer working for P. & O. Ferries, but decided to give that all up and took up full time tennis coaching. Unfortunately, he had a serious accident (was run over by a lorry in the Ukraine) and is now back living in Surrey . He has made really good progress with his injury and has even played a bit of tennis! Amanda is a Sister at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent. She has adult children, a boy (Alex) and a girl (Katherine). Both of them are now working for Local Aurthorities.
My daughter, Ruth used to be secondary school teacher (teaching A Level Geography as well as Mathematics) but is now working as Company Secretary in their I.T. Business. They have been partners for many years. He is a thoroughly nice guy who at one stage, took his Private Pilot's Licence on helicopters and has taken me up for a "spin" in the past. GREAT!