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Carol and Joan: Still Friends After 47 Years

Carol and Joan: Still Friends After 47 Years

My 47-year friendship with Joan Gelino Jalbert began in 1964, when she transferred schools from a neighboring town. The next three years forged the foundation for our lifelong friendship. By the end of our sophomore year, she moved to Connecticut. Throughout the years we kept in touch through letters and phone calls. Later the 140-mile distance between our homes was compounded by our responsibilities with raising children and having full time careers. We managed to meet about every five years. In 1976 I had surgery in Hartford, Ct. Joan was there to offer her support.

In 2001, the year we celebrated our 50th birthdays we took a vacation to New Orleans. Due to family obligations and work schedules, it would be another eight years before we met again. It never mattered how long between visits because we always carried each other in our hearts, and knew if either needed the other, she would be there.

In 2009, we made a commitment to get together every couple of months. We designated 2010 “The Year of the Body.” It became more than getting to a healthier lifestyle. It became our time to pursue those things that gave us pleasure.

We designated 2011 “It’s All About Me,” and each created bucket lists, checking off things we could accomplish together. The mileage between us no longer matters. Since January, we have accomplished snowshoeing in Massachusetts, rug weaving in Vermont, whitewater rafting in Pennsylvania and an eight-day “Thelma & Louise” road trip to the south that created so much humor, spirit and camaraderie.

Now, after a lifetime of responsibilities, it is our time as lifelong friends to take the time together to dream, discover and explore new adventures.

Here is a short video of our adventures this year.

- Carol LaBombard Luscier, Adams, Massachusetts

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