If These Hands Could Talk: Meet Audrey

If These Hands Could Talk: Meet Audrey

Audrey. A life filled with love.

If these hands could talk, they would lovingly explain how the glass is always half full because you are the one who fills it. These are the joy-filled hands of Audrey. One of 237 first cousins in Wisconsin, she grew up surrounded by people who truly valued their hands; farmers, who when not farming, would cozy up around a wood-burning stove with steaming cups of tea and laugh, talk, quilt, knit, crochet and massage each others’ feet. “It was a very sweet way to grow up.”

From farming in Wisconsin, to the Peace Corps in Brazil, 19-year old Audrey found herself with a job farming fishing coops and knitting nets for fishermen north of Rio de Janeiro. “I couldn’t resist working with the local women — learning from them and teaching them to sew and embroider baby clothes.” Her infectious smile fills the space as she regales the adventures of her younger days.

After five years in Brazil, she and her husband, Jim moved to Maine where they raised two “very creative, amazing” children. She then moved to California to work as a Master Teacher with the UC Berkeley Teacher Training Program in English and Social Studies, grades 6-8.

As a Purlette+1 for over a year, Audrey calls knitting one of her long-term loves, and it’s in very good company. “I love my life. I love poetry, kayaking, meditation and hiking and am lucky enough to have been in two very loving relationships; my husband, Jim and my current life partner of 29 years, Betty. I wouldn’t trade a moment of any of it.” When asked what she loves most about knitting she simply can’t narrow it down…”This is one of the healthiest things I do in my life. The wool feels wonderful in my hands. It helps my arthritis. I love the company. And Sarah has a very aware kindness about her.” Well said Audrey and thank you for reminding us to fill our own glass. We’ll have what she’s having!

Audrey Hazen is 74 years old and bubbling with the energy of someone half her age. When asked about her current favorite movie, Audrey names Selma and then, almost as an afterthought, smiles and mentions that she participated in the third real-life march with thousands of people shown in that movie. We have a feeling this story is to be continued…

1 Comment

  1. I am thrilled to learn some about Audrey Hazen’s life today. I knew Audrey back in the 1970’s, and have been trying to locate her. She played an important role in my life during a time when I faced a turning point which I have written about in my memoirs, and would love to be in touch with her, thank her again, and offer her a copy (once finished).
    Could you please forward this message to her in hopes she will get in touch with me.
    Thanks so much,


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