Interviewed by: Toni, a wonderful Store To Door volunteer
When Toni called Jean to interview her, Jean was expecting the call and before Toni could fully introduce herself Jean exclaimed “I love it!” (referring to Store To Door).
Here is what Jean went on to share with Toni in their phone interview.
How long have you been with Store To Door?
Only a few months
What made you decide to use Store To Door?
Without Store To Door, me and my husband Paul would be in a senior assisted living. We are too young for that! (Jean and her husband are 85 and 87) I feel that these are wonderful places, but I love where we live now – in downtown Minneapolis, in a 13th floor apartment with floor to ceiling windows, overlooking Peavy Plaza and 13 minutes from her daughter.
Store to Door has kept us independent.
How did you find out about Store To Door?
We were told about Store To Door from a representative at one of the places which they are on a waiting list for. By God’s grace, we found Store To Door.
Before we signed up for Store To Door, we were very concerned because my husband is ill and my eyesight is failing which means neither of us can drive.
How long have you lived in the Twin Cities?
We moved up here 5 ½ years ago to follow our daughter and son-in-law. We came from Chicago and before that, Ohio.
Tell us about your family:
We have 2 daughters and 1 son. 1 daughter lives in the Twin Cities and owns an art gallery downtown Minneapolis http://www.ninabliesegallery.com/.
What is your favorite grocery item?
I try to use organics as much as possible.
What is your favorite meal to cook?
Coconut Curry. I love to cook, however, I am finding it harder to do so as my eyesight is failing and my feet hurt – plus it takes time away from my darling husband, Paul.
Any wisdom to pass along to others?
My secret to marriage is you don’t have to necessarily like the same things as your spouse – we don’t like the same TV shows – but we both appreciate the beauty of our life, that’s what’s important.
(Interviewer Note: She spoke so endearing and lovingly about her husband of 65 years).
Jeans take on Store To Door:
I love the volunteers at Store To Door as well as Eric, the wonderful staff grocery deliverer. “Eric is a kind gentleman. He brings our groceries in to the kitchen and offers to help any way he can.”
About Jean and her husband Paul:
Jean has a Masters in art history. She met the love of her life, Paul, while he was stationed as an officer in Virginia. She and a girlfriend decided to go to Washington for the summer. They met and were married 3 months later. Jean dedicated her life to raising their three children who all also went on to get their Masters. She has spent time volunteering at local hospitals but spent her last 28 volunteering years walking the marble floors of museums as a docent.
Thank you Jean for allowing us to learn about you and Toni for taking the time to interview such a wonderful member of our Twin Cities community.
Molly – Volunteer Coordinator