Growing Older: Reader Essay by Harold and Vivian Ulrich

From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Winter 2017

W2017_GrowingOlderHaroldandVivianUlrich_Inline300 The year was 1956. Harold was a senior at the U of M. I worked for Dr. Owen Wangensteen. We were married, and on July 28, 2016, made 60 years together.

We have been blessed with 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and so many special friends. They help hold us together.

Love is family and friends.

Love is roses, strawberries, and special cakes.

Love is good times together.

Love is surprises.

Love is keeping a secret.

Love is a kiss and a hug. I tell my grandchildren their hugs give me energy.

Love is taking time for others, helping others.

Love is putting drops in Harold’s eyes and he putting on my leg bandages so I don’t swell so much (if there is anything I do not need to do, it is swell). I say to Harold as he puts on my bandages, “Is this what for better or worse is all about?” and he says, “You are pushing it.” Love is that hug after we have said our prayers.

Love is forgiveness.

Love is finding radishes, asparagus, and apples by the door.

Love is good memories.

Love is what everyone needs.

- Harold (B.S. ’57) and Vivan Ulrich , Blooming Prairie

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