WINOOSKI, Vt. (WCAX) Eighty-year-old Theresa Lasage is having the time of her life.
"I could do this day and night," she said.
What most people dread, Theresa devours: taxes.
"This is my baby, this is my favorite thing," she said.
Fifty years of preparing taxes from her home in Winooski.
Reporter Joe Carroll: This is prime time for you now.
Theresa Lasage: Mm-hmm, yup.
Theresa has 300 customers. They come to her by word of mouth; she doesn't advertise. Most are either Vietnamese, Bosnians or Africans, working immigrants finding the American tax system, well, foreign.
"God bless you," one customer said as she left.
The Burlington native was one of 12 kids.
"This is my brothers and sisters," Theresa said.
The images are on a comforter but their life was far from comfortable.
"I just found out my mother was homeless when she was pregnant with me," Theresa said.
Theresa was only 17 when she married for the first time. There would be two others. All ended in divorce. Theresa said she suffered from depression and anxiety.
Joe Carroll: But you're not a perfect person right?
Theresa Lasage: Nobody is. There is only one perfect one.
Theresa had a rebirth in her faith 25 years ago. And when her first husband got Parkinson's disease, she took him in.
Joe Carroll: Well, a lot of people would be surprised you're taking care of your ex-husband like that.
Theresa Lasage: Twelve-and-a-half years, 24-7.
Joe Carroll: Why did you divorce him then?
Theresa Lasage: Because you have to be in love with somebody. In love.
"We've been friends for over 50 years," Roger Greenough said.
Roger is now more than friends. After his wife died, he and Theresa became partners.
"I never expected to be together with him," Theresa said.
Roger is one of only two accounting customers who has been with her since the beginning.
Joe Carroll: Do you give a discount to Roger?
Theresa Lasage: (Laughs)
Roger Greenough: No, I pay through the nose.
Her anxieties are gone but she has a new challenge.
"Because the figures are so small, I have to use a magnifier glass on some of these figures," she said.
Her eyesight is limited-- the result of diabetes.
"I just don't want to mess up any of these reports because they're very valuable to people," Theresa said.
Every return is checked twice.
"And everything, everything I do, I do in a peaceful way," Theresa said. "I'm just so relaxed, joyful. Peace, love, hope."
A less taxing life.