Oh Sweet Lorraine, I wish we could do all the good times again. Oh Sweet Lorraine, life only goes around once, but never again.
If you can get through this story and video without shedding a tear, then you are a stronger person than I am.
Fred Stobaugh, 96, lost his wife last April. Fred and Lorraine were married for 73 years. They met in 1938 and dated for 2 years before they were married. They married in 1940, had three children, four grandchildren and a lifetime of love and memories.
Earlier this summer, Green Shoe Studio of East Peoria, Illinois, launched their singer/songwriter contest. It is a contest that consists of the entrant loading their video on YouTube and sending the studio their link. It was a way for the studio to tie into the local community and get a feel for the music that was being played in that community.
Fred Stobaugh decided to enter the contest and he wrote beautiful lyrics for his wife. He was not musically inclined and most likely did not even know how the whole YouTube thing worked. He wasn’t able to deliver his entry via the internet, but what he did deliver to Green Shoe Studio was so much better. They received a very large envelope with a letter from Fred and the lyrics he had written for his wife, Lorraine.
Jacob Colgan, the producer at the studio, received the envelope and said that reading Fred’s story and listening to the lyrics was so heartwarming and moving that they decided to take Fred’s lyrics and bring them to life. They decided to have it professionally recorded. Jacob says, “Our mission here at Green Shoe Studio is to change our community one dream at a time. And what a better way to do it.”
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Pam Buttikofer is a cofounder of Imperfect Women.