Everyone has a passion

Everyone has a passion

Last week, my wife and I were the subjects of a cover page article in the Jewish Standard (“Art and marriage,” May 3.) The many compliments we received from our friends and others invariably mentioned the “excellent article,” not simply its subject. The writer’s judgment, apparently correct, was that a focus entirely on us was the most interesting approach. But I feel the need to comment.

We have found that our intense interest in art into our later years has made life more meaningful.

But others have equal passions. Some study religious content (our weekly women’s learning group); some perform acts of kindness (the volunteers in our food bank); some deal with medical emergencies; some are the family and social leaders on whom others depend, and of course there are the workers in our shuls and institutions.

Anyone can add themselves to the list.

Our idea is that the interests you develop in your early years give your later years more meaning.