I Danced With Hazel Hall


I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance

I danced with Hazel Hall.  I would wear that simple statement on anything from a t-shirt to my tombstone.   Just like you, I loved Hazel Hall.

Our community celebrates the life of the greatest builder that every lived in Sandpoint.  Hazel Hall did not design the tallest building, the greenest park, or create new neighborhoods.  She did far more.

She constructed relationshipsLots of relationships.

Her toolbox contained a never ending supply of laughter, smiles, encouragement, caring and compassion. The foundations of friendship were centered around her ability to make each of us care about others.

Walls were crafted with reminders to appreciate what we have and the sturdiness came from her confidence that each of us can make a difference.  The roof was built to protect us from our own doubts and troubles.

She was never done constructing her relationships.  Like a neighbor coming by to water the lawn, she would drop into our lives to nurture us with equal measures of faith and love.

She was not just a “cup half full” kinda gal.  She was “cup runneth over” kinda gal.

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they’re worth taking
Lovin’ might be a mistake 
But it’s worth making
Don’t let some hell bent heart
Leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out 
Give the heavens above
More than just a passing glance

The young girl was always present in her smile.   Her face sparkled when she looked at you as if she just knew that something wonderful was going to happen to you.

And she was happy for you.  She did not just embrace life.  She embraced our lives.  

Nearly everyone has their best Hazel Hall memories.  For me, that’s easy.  I danced with Hazel Hall.

I danced with Hazel in a Safeway aisle.  I danced with her on the runway at our Sandpoint airport.  I danced with her at Dr.Bird’s Invention and Aviation Museum.

We even did a turn at the Children’s Healing Garden.

Like you, I knew that I would never love Hazel for the rest of her life.

I knew that I would love her for the rest of mine.

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

(Time is a real and constant motion always)

I hope you dance
(Rolling us along)
I hope you dance
(Tell me who)
(Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
I hope you dance
(Where those years have gone)  
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