Mountain Workshops 2009 - Life Goes On
Al Hough, 79, is legally blind and depends a lot on others since Janet, his wife of 50 years, passed away while they were on vacation Mexico.
“It was the most traumatic part of my life,” he said. “It was just terrible. It was like a nightmare. The week that Janet died, there were so many people in the house, and I was just oblivious.”
Since then, Al spends his time serving the community as a board member of the Murray-Calloway County Senior Citizens Center and volunteering once a week with Meals on Wheels. He enjoys talking with people wherever he goes — exchanging the latest gossip and telling tall tales.
Blindness forced Al, a retired English professor at Murray State University, to do things differently. He can’t garden, cook, clean or drive.
Al misses his wife, the traveling they did around the world and her delicious cinnamon rolls.
Now he tries to help others and stay busy “just to stay sane.”