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Carlton Senior Living Concord | April 28, 2018 | By Jessica Beck

National Kiss of Hope Day

In honor of National Kiss of Hope Day, we would like to take this time to remind and encourage our residents, their families and friends to express their love for one another. This is a day to show our love and demonstrate kindness in our hearts to each other.

At our Carlton Senior Living Concord community two residents shared with us their story of how they met, fell in love and how what they have achieved together is so much more than they could have ever “hoped” for.

Charles and Esther Doolins first met in high school, she was a sophomore and he was a student in a special circumstance since he still had one semester to finish. Some may call that perfect timing or even fate. Charles can recall that for him there was an immediate attraction to her but for her it took a little time because she wanted to get to know him first. They did this over their first date when they decided to go for a movie together. From that first date Charles knew she was the one and did not want to be away from her. Esther recalls that when he asked her to marry him she said no at first. It wasn’t until after careful consideration of how persistent he truly was that Esther decided to make him happy and accept his proposal. They were married at Suisun Baptist Church on August 27, 1948 and have been together ever since. When asked what Esther has appreciated most about Charles in their marriage and life together she stated that he has been a good father and provider for his family and she really appreciated having the chance to be a stay at home mom with their kids. Charles reflects on the fact that Esther has consistently been a good wife who has always made sure things were in order. Always smoothing out the bumps in the road, remaining important to each other and not letting other things matter has been their secret to a lasting marriage.

As they can both acknowledge, though they had always “hoped” for a long marriage they did not think it would be this many years. This year they will celebrate 70 amazing years together and as they do they remain a pillar of “hope” for all of us who believe in what true love can really do.

Interview completed by Melissa E. Alvarez, Personal Expressions Assistant