Lois Hjelmstad

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Compassion and courage for the times you need it.

The other evening when I dropped off the file for the cover of This Path We Share: Reflecting on 60 Years of Marriage, the clerk and her manager at FedEX were excited when Les and I told them that we have been married over 63 years. They complimented us profusely and we basked in the glow of their warm words, as though we had actually done something more extraordinary than live to be old.

When we picked up the laminated poster the next morning, the clerk repeated how thrilled she was to know someone who had been married so long. She told us that her manager, a young man married just a few years, had continued to exclaim until it was time to lock up and go home last night.

The clerk then told me that she had married just about a year ago. She had known her new husband since childhood, but their lives had gone different directions. When they reconnected at a high school reunion, they knew immediately that they were meant to spend the rest of their lives together.

I was touched by the love that shone in her eyes. How wonderful to have a second chance for happiness! How amazing to have such a long first chance! How lucky she–and I–have been!


One Response

  1. Lois, it is so fun to read your beautiful BLOG. You and Les are amazing folks, and we feel very fortunate to have had you in our lives during those great years as you passed on the gift of music to Kirsten. Your long and wonderful marriage is an inspiration as well. You two are such vibrant people.

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