The Wisdom of Age Project—Hampton Roads, Va. 2013 Documenting Life Stories & How We Get By
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"The Simple Things"

films by Adrienne Kubat

Bob and Shirley Sokolinsky married on April 4, 1964 and have been together ever since, over 49 years. Through out the course of their eventful lives, they have collected many “hats,” each as colorful as the next. They are “Moo Mow” and “Pop Pop,” Mom and Dad, husband and wife, friend and neighbor. Shirley is a retired nurse and a member of the Red Hat Lady Society, an international group of fun-loving women over the age of 50. With over 18 unique red hats, being a Red Hat only emphasizes Shirley’s already out-going and enthusiastic personality. After serving in the military, coaching traveling soccer teams, and being inducted into the Virginia Soccer Hall of Fame, Bob is still active and helps manage a Virginia soccer association. They are avid collectors and craft show-goers, boasting an impressive collection of figurines and other treasures. The couple now lives in a cozy house right on the water, where they enjoy their retirement and family visits from children and grandchildren.