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This I Believe

KUHF-Houston Public Radio’s “This I Believe” with Laura Pennino

Laura is a native of New Orleans but has lived in Texas since 1983, most of that in Houston. Laura owns a successful public relations company in Houston and she loves the work. She also loves her life. Laura admits the joy she now celebrates only came after experiencing some pain. That’s a life lesson she now acknowledges and it’s the focus of her essay for KUHF’s “This I Believe.”


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Being a native of New Orleans with roots in Louisiana and Sicily, Laura Pennino brings a lot of life to her world. After graduating from LSU (Go Tigers!), Laura ventured into print journalism. That led to an opportunity in public relations and Laura never looked back. It was a good choice. Laura has been quite successful, even courted by the “big shots” in New York, but she chose to stay in Texas and practice her craft here. That 25 year journey has been an adventure for Laura and she’s now in a place where she can take stock of it all. She can also appreciate the difficult decisions she’s made along the way and the rewards they produced.

Here’s Laura Pennino with her essay for KUHF’s This I Believe.
“I turned 40 on September 8th, 1999 and unlike many people who approach that milestone, I was happy about it! And unlike many, I remember vividly my first day of kindergarten! I was elated about going to school in my little uniform and saddle oxfords with my best friend Babs Wolfe. So for me, turning 40 was like starting kindergarten and I faced the future with the enthusiasm and wonder of a child!

What I didn’t know was that only a few months later, I would realize that my marriage to the man I dearly loved for 11 years was not the type of marriage that would yield children and grandchildren, unfettered passion or lengthy conversations over interesting topics like spirituality, philosophy, music or art. I had the gut-wrenching epiphany that our relationship was purely superficial and, although we were completely respectful of each other and faithful to each other, we were merely good friends… roommates. Divorcing this man broke my heart, but the maturity I had finally gained by the age of 40 enabled me to face the truth that set us both free to be what we are meant to be.

Waking up and growing up at 40 has been good for me. Now that I am 49 and far past the excruciating pain of my divorce, I can admit that I feel absolutely great. I don’t fear 50, 60, 80 or even 100: I intend to make myself useful and be productive in this world for many, many years!

I know that I am better, wiser, stronger and more peaceful now than I have ever been in my life. I also know that I am not yet as good as I will be. And I believe that I must be my best to do my best.

I love smiling and laughing often. I enjoy being an easier, more flexible person. I own my mistakes and imperfections. I cherish the experiences and the people who have shaped my character and my soul.

I believe, as my mother always said when I was a precocious little girl, that I can do anything. And I am glad that the best part of my life really did begin at 40.”