Photo by Sarah Ann Jump
Judy Jochem-Nino, 57, her husband, Primitivo Nino, 54, and their daughter, Louisa Nino, 20, all of Huntingburg, eat ice cream and walk through Holland Park on July 24. “Me, coming from Mexico, we want to live the American dream,” Primitivo said. “It’s not just the American dream. It’s everybody’s dream — to have a home you can call your own. To be able to form a family that you can help raise. I think that’s the greatest thing there is to do.” Judy and Primitivo said that in their 50s, they feel secure in the life they worked to build for their family and have peace of mind knowing that they got their children going down the right path. Louisa is an undergraduate at Indiana University studying marketing. Her brother, Mateo Nino, 23, is pursuing his masters in psychology at Purdue University Northwest. “I know that someday we all are going to have to die but whenever that happens, I’ll be pleased with the life I had," Primitivo said.
Photo by Marlena Sloss
Kit Miracle, 68, paints at her studio at her home in Birdseye on July 22. Kit has been a painter for over 35 years, painting in her spare time throughout her careers at Ford Motors and the Jasper Community Arts Commission. Since retiring from her job as JCAC director in the spring of 2017, she has focused on painting, as well as gardening and before the COVID-19 outbreak, traveling. “There’s only so many hours in your life, so that’s what I chose to do.” Kit thinks of retirement as an opportunity to retire to something, rather than retire from something. “I have a lot of things I want to still accomplish. I'm hoping I have another 20 or 30 years,” Kit said. Throughout her career as an artist, she sold work at fairs, online, through commissions and showed work in exhibits and juried shows. Now, she said she mostly paints for herself and continues to enter work in exhibits and shows. “Maybe you will have a long lifespan, but maybe you won't,” Kit said. “What are you going to do for the next 10, 15, 20 years? You know, some people don't even make it to retirement. And I do feel that that hurts a lot. Because you know, I've known some people and they were almost right there and then they die suddenly, and you're like, ‘Oh my God, they didn't even make it.’ So I've enjoyed my three years so far. Lets hope I have a lot more.”