Simplest Words often solve problems of life

Barba Pittman doesn’t have a secret diet to defy age. She does have a magic word.

“I’m not afraid to say I’m sorry,’’ said the 72-year-old Pittman, who was born and raised in Titusville. “I am a giving person. I will listen. Even if I feel like I did the right thing and I’m upset, I will still say I’m sorry.’’

Pittman has been married to her husband, Willie, for 53 years.

“I try to be happy and do the things I love to do — travel, read, sewing and dancing,’’ said Pittman, who has one daughter. “I don’t exercise, but I do read every day. I’m a member of a book club. I just don’t eat a lot of sweets, but I’m not
the type to gain weight.’’

Pittman was a logistics analyst at Kennedy Space Center for 16 years and she worked 24 years for the Brevard County Commissioners as an engineer technician. She retired 10 years ago.

When she’s not quilting, Pittman volunteers for her church, Bethlehem Christian. She was the financial secretary there for 25 years. Pittman also is a
member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She also used to volunteer for SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders).

Two trips to Europe, where she and her husband visited Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Germany, France and England, have been fun. But, another vacation turned out to be her favorite.

“We went out west to seven states and Yellowstone and saw all the parks,’’ Pittman said. “We were gone 18 days with a group. We were in South Dakota and Las Vegas. It was the best trip we’ve ever taken.’’

Trips to Alaska and Hawaii have helped to whittle the amount of states in the United States she has not visited to a mere four.

“Too many older people just sit around and watch too much TV,’’ Pittman said. “They don’t move around and they don’t travel. That’s wrong.’’