The one word that best describes Robert's life today is "Better." The one word that best describes Ellen's life today is "Interesting."
If Robert could change one thing in the world he would "want Middle East extremists to get along with their fellow countrymen." If Ellen could change one thing in the world she would "want people to live by the golden rule."
One year from today, Robert would want to live the life he is living today. Not change a thing. One year from today, Ellen would want to be retired.
If Robert's life were a movie, it would be about missed opportunities. If Ellen's life were a movie, it would be about finding pleasure in the simple things.
I met Robert and Ellen at the Heisler Park tide pools as the sun was setting and we were capturing the crystal clear colors radiating from the sky. Robert and Ellen were very friendly and willing to share their thoughts with me.