Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Sanpeters

Going to lunch with this crew was the highlight of my week! These guys have literally been friends for 80 years and STILL get together regularly. I made a little video of our outing, so feel free to watch and share with your future lunch buddies.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Henry, 91 + Mabel, 86

Mabel + Henry. Married 65 years and still so in love. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bill, 86

This is Bill. Bill is a hero. 

He went without food for three days. He watched his best friend die in his arms. He was such an accurate sniper that he was asked to run alongside the colonel to protect him. He was captured by the Chinese and tortured for three days. He was part of the "Frozen Chosin" battle and fought in 30 below zero conditions. 

He was in the Marine Corp during the Korean War. He earned a double Purple Heart and a Silver Star medal, along with several others. He experienced the brutality of war first hand, and openly talked about his PTSD with me. We cried together as he recited his poem titled "War is Hell." I have no words to describe the experience we shared and I left wanting to share Bill's story with the world. 

I drove home in silence and tried to process everything this man had gone through. Suddenly, my often petty complaints seemed minuscule. In one hour, Bill had changed my entire perspective on life. It made me so grateful! Grateful for those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. Grateful for those who have to continue living with the nightmares of war every day.

"PTSD isn't a crazy person running down the hall with their arms in the air. PTSD is waking up at four in the morning, sitting on the edge of your bed and crying for an hour ... for the people you saw killed and the people you had to kill." - Bill. 

Jennette, 66

Jennette grew up on a farm at the mouth of Mayfield Canyon with her grandparents. She said, "I grew up more as a cowboy than a cowgirl." Her Grandmother would not let her ride horses, so she would sneak away with grandpa to do it. When grandpa wasn't around, she would put a saddle on the white picket fence and pretend to ride. 

Jennette has a daughter who is mentally handicapped. She said that this has taught her priceless lessons about parenting, people, and being kind. Through her daughter, Jennette got involved with the handicapped kids at the local high school. For several years she worked with them on a daily basis, giving them the attention and care that they need. 

From these experiences, Jennette said she learned this: "With your kids, love 'um, raise 'um, do your best, but let them be them. You can't expect your people to do more than they can do...Love people for who they are, don't expect them to be anything else. No one will be exactly what you think they should be. Treat people how they should be treated and how you want to be treated."

Interview submitted by: @samzarb

Milan, 67

I had one experience when my wife and I were on our way to Logan. We was drivin’ and all the sudden I was having trouble with the car, so we pulled over. Turns out we had a flat tire and for some reason I couldn’t get the tire off! I’d never had that happen before. We tried and tried and tried, with no luck. It was gettin’ dark and the road came right out of the canyon, so I started to get really worried. I thought, “If somebody comes down that canyon and they can’t see our car, they might hit it,” you know? My wife wasn’t strong enough to hold the car and I couldn’t hold the car and put the tire on at the same time. That was the problem. So I went off the side of the road and I prayed. I says, “Well Lord, I don’t know what to do. If I could do somethin’ I would, but I can’t do both at the same time.” It seemed like a minute later there was somebody there on a motorcycle. He said, “It looks like you need some help.” And I says, “I do.” He said, “I guess God heard your prayer.” I thought “Okay, where did this guy come from?” He comes over and helps me get the tire changed and everything. I mean, I can’t say I’m attracted to men, but this guy was a good lookin’ guy. He was buff, if that’s the way to put it. Looked like he was 40 or something, but man, he was fit. He started talking to me and he was telling me how much God loved me. I said, “Well if God loved me so much, why are all these things goin’ wrong?” Man, as soon as I said it I was sorry. He went on to explain that God does it to humble us. He said, “No man can exist on this earth without God’s help.” I said, “Well I know we couldn’t without land and air and water and food and those sorts of things…” He said, “Yeah, but it’s a lot more than that. We need Him spiritually.” He walked over to his motorcycle and I knew he was getting ready to leave, so I walked over there and I says, “I really appreciate what you did, by the way what’s your name?” And he says, “My name isn’t important, the only thing that matters is that God sent me to help you.” Just then my wife was getting out of the car, I turned my head as I said, “Well don’t go yet, my wife will want to say thank you too.” It couldn’t have been more than two seconds, but when I turned back he was gone. I didn’t hear anything, see anything, nothin’. I walked out to the street and didn’t hear a sound or anything. It’s always been a pretty interesting experience to me. I talk to people about it and not everybody will actually believe it, but it really did happen. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Cleo, 83 + Donna, 83

CLEO, 83 + DONNA, 83

Cleo and Donna have been best friends for 78 YEARS. Isn't that insane? They grew up picking berries together and caused all sorts of mischief throughout their teenage years. Both of their husbands have passed away, so they keep each other company and have slumber parties on the regular. Every Friday, Cleo picks up burgers and some onion rings for them to share (sounds like my kinda gal). I promise you will fall in love with these two! 

Lyn, 86

Friday, July 15, 2016

Marianne, 77 + Glenn, 83

Older couple in their house sharing their story at the listening ear project


Can you believe these two BUILT AN AIRPLANE? Their life has been one continuous adventure. Marianne rode her horse to elementary school every day, they raised their kids on a farm and then took them out of school to travel and live in Mexico, they built their own home annnnnd they fly airplanes. As they told me their stories, I felt like a little kid sitting on the floor with my legs crossed completely enthralled. Marianne and Glenn have inspired me to live life to the fullest.