The Hard Part
Everyone is fortunate to love at some point in his or her life; love is what keeps us going. Sometimes it’s a lover; sometimes it’s a friend; sometimes it’s a parent, or a dog, or a hobby, or faith. While we’re young we seem to lose sight of what we love, and we fail to realize that all good things come to an end, whether we’re ready or not.
Celeste Lewis, Chick King, David Gifford, Ferne Traynor, and Helen Kenworthy are senior citizens living in a retirement community called The Village at Penn State; a place of solace for those in the twilight of their lives.
The men and women that I interviewed shared about how their lives unfolded; many of whom were impacted by war, and many of them fell into young love. They shared with me the memorable moments and people of their lives, which inevitably reminded them that those moments were coming to an end, and that those people are gone.
David told me about how when he was 13 years old, he tamed a wild horse; Helen and Chick told me all about their travels; Celeste told me how she left a part of herself down south; but what most of them wanted to talk about was their husbands or wives. The bittersweet thought of loved ones who’ve gone was a topic that I hadn’t thought would be the focus of the interviews, but it was clearly the most important memory they had.