Tom and Marti have been married for 50 years, and have lived in Tacoma for 30.
When Marti met Tom, she knew he was smart. "Yes, a person of substance,” She thought, "Who's intelligent and can keep up with me in analyzing literature, and that's important.”
To Tom and Marti, making a positive impact in their community is incredibly important. “She's made a difference in education.” Says Tom of Marti, and continues, “ I've made a difference in healthcare. I've made a difference in policies. She's made a difference in culture. We've made a difference in family. Each of those areas of living, we've brought something to that area of living that made a difference.”
Marti is a devoted member of the Puyallup Tribe, “My father was a paddler. That's one thing my mother could share with me about my father, and I knew that a connection to my father would be being on the water as a paddler too. And so that was the first thing as I retired and had the time to really participate with the tribe. I was going to get on the canoe family, and to paddle just as my father had paddled before me. Sing those songs that he had probably sang before me, to have that same experience that not only connects me to him, but to the generations and generations, the family lineage from the beginning of time immemorial." A huge thank you to the Puyallup Tribe for welcoming us in to film this episode!
“Tacoma is a wonderful mixture of people who have come from all over the world.” reflects Marti. “My people have been here for 30,000 years or more. Some people have arrived here after World War II, some after World War I, some have arrived here by plane, some have arrived by boat and by train, but here we are together neighbors. Good neighbors we can all be. Good neighbors are those who will lend a hand when somebody needs help. A place to feel safe, and space so we can hear our own thinking, and to enjoy this beautiful, beautiful place we have.”
Tom’s advice for being a good neighbor? “You should leave things better than when you arrived, and so I've always been struck by the need to do something to make a difference that is a positive difference. Being a good neighbor is commitment to justice, fairness and community, and it's commitment to sustainability.”
What happens when you meet your neighbors? How can we increase the feeling of connection between members of our community and their neighbors? Over the past few months we here at Windermere Professional Partners have set out to answer those questions. Based on recommendations from our REALTORS® we set out with a camera crew to speak to our neighbors from the heart about what it means to be a neighbor, to live life fully, and to connect with our community.