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Future Dreams

Sharing Stories

Future Dreams

We earned diplomas, and began our careers.

We exchanged wedding vows, and counted the years.

We saved enough to build the house of our dreams.

We worked hard not to come apart at the seams.

We retired, and enjoyed what we had sown.

We lived happily together in our home.

If you'd said this would end, I'd have said, “Never!”

I needed to think this would last forever.

Lauretta E. Hertel is a born-and-raised Washingtonian who has enjoyed many years of being a nanny, and is looking forward to dedicating more time to writing and photography in her retirement.

SHARING STORIES is a weekly column for and about the 50 plus crowd living in the Puget Sound region. Send your stories and photos to ariele@comcast.net. Tell local or personal stories; discuss concerns around aging and other issues; share solutions, good luck, and reasons to celebrate; poems are fine too. Pieces may be edited or excerpted. We reserve the right to select among pieces. Photos are always a plus and a one-sentence bio is requested (where you live, maybe age or career, retired status, etc.).

SHARING STORIES is featured on www.northwestprimetime.com, the website for Northwest Prime Time, a monthly publication for baby boomers, seniors, retirees, and those contemplating retirement. The newspaper can be found in the greater Seattle area and other Puget Sound locations. For more information, call 206-824-8600 or visit www.northwestprimetime.com. To find other SHARING STORIES articles on this website type "sharing stories" in the search function above.