For a woman who just turned 100 years old, Harriet Richardson Ames’s only dream was to earn a bachelor’s degree in education.
As a retired schoolteacher, Ames attended Keene Normal School (now Keene State College) where she earned her two-year teaching certificate in 1931 through the help of a local women’s club, the Barnstead Parade.
Even as a child, Ames wanted to teach, and he went to fulfill that childhood dream of hers when she taught first-graders of Memorial School in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, for over 20 years. The only reason she stopped in 1971 was because her eyesight became dilapidated due to cataracts.
Throughout her career as a schoolteacher, she continued to pursue to earn a B.Ed. The college told her that she would have to take a public speaking course. It was the last step on her goal to earn the diploma; however, this was the year when the cataracts began to proliferate.
Came her 100th birthday last January 2010, and KSC decided to grant her the bachelor degree.
As if it was her final goal in life, the day after gaining the diploma, Harriet passed away.
Harriet’s story is an inspiration to all of us. Whatever our desires in life may be, it is never too late to take the steps in achieving it.