Today we celebrate my mom's birthday. For those of you who know her, you KNOW she looks amazing for her age!! I won't share that number here, but I'm sure she wouldn't mind telling you if you ask! For now, you can just take my word for it!
I can't take credit for this month's Live Your Dimensions Blog feature story. I asked my dad to assist me with this one. I wanted this to be a surprise for my mom, so I couldn't very well interview her. That's not to say that I won't interview her in the future. With that said, Happy, Happy Birthday to you Mommy! I am grateful for everything you've taught me even during the times when I wasn't acting grateful for the lesson ;-) I love you!
After you read this, please leave Harriett a comment to let her know how much she means to you.
Harriett M. Rowe is an outstanding patriot, soldier, educator, mother, and wife. A graduate of The Ohio State University’s School of Nursing in 1972, Harriett, a Viet Nam Era veteran, went on to serve her nation, first as an Army Nurse, then as one of the Army’s first Nurse Practitioners. She spent several years on active duty and several years in the Army Reserves. In the Army, she rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and retired from that profession.
After her time in the military, Harriett spent several years as a Public Health Nurse. As a Maternal Infant Care Coordinator, she was instrumental in assisting many young mothers in caring for their newborn babies.
Following her time in nursing, Harriett shifted careers and became a High School guidance counselor. In that role, she made use of her counseling skills that she acquired during her time in nursing, as well as during her Master of Education, Ed. M. degree studies at Boston University. Over the course of 10 years, Harriett worked an annual case load of approximately 425 students, guiding them into successful high school careers and beyond.
Harriett retired as an educator and became an entrepreneur in a health and fitness business. She has inspired many to take a serious look at their health and helped to set many on a path of general physical activity and wellness.
Harriett has raised 4 successful children – three girls and a boy. Each is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Also, her children have played important roles in the War on Terror during Operation Iraqi Freedom and/or Afghanistan’s Operation Enduring Freedom. Harriett’s children have also become successful in their chosen fields. Their professions include active duty and reserve commissioned military officers, entrepreneurs, and one is a manager in the oil and gas industry.
Particularly significant is the fact that Harriett is active in the lives of each of her 11 grandchildren. Although none live close to her, she engages each of them often through Facetime and Skype sessions.
Harriett is a devoted wife of 44 years. Her husband sings her praises for the many things she has accomplished in her life and in the lives of countless others.