"Every now and then my heart wanders back in time and all those old feelings awaken the memories in my mind." Unknown
Weathered Wood Lessons is one of the oldest posts on this blog. It's also part of a chapter in Hutterite Diaries and is one of the stories that readers deem one of their favourites.
A few weeks ago I got a call from a Mennonite couple in Wisconsin. They were in the area and after having read my book, they wondered if they and their four children could stop by for a visit. We spent a lovely Saturday afternoon together. We gave them a tour of our colony, and when we arrived back at my house, the mother of this family said, "Oh, I would have liked to see that desk you mention in your book." Since the face of the desk is not facing the door at this time, she didn't notice it. There's a picture of it in the book, which would have helped her realize it's the same one. Plus, I did say in the book that the desk is in my classroom. She loved the story of how old weather-beaten oak boards became a beautiful desk.
Share a Laugh - it's good for you reminded me of one of my favourite childhood books -a gift from my grandpa Maendel. After many years, I was able to obtain a copy, which today I love to share with my students.
Since we're just a few weeks from observing the Easter Holy Days, Historical Reflections would be a fine fit for this Lenton season. This piece was first published in our local Portage La Prairie newspaper, The Herald Leader and is also part of Hutterite Diaries.
If you've followed this blog for a while, you may remember my research regarding German prisoners of World War II, kept in Canada for years. My interest in that era stems from the fact that there was a farm labour camp near my colony during the 1940's and these Germans spent a lot of time here. One of my most intriguing finds was this story: German POW Update - Mystery Photo. I could not believe what I learned. To find out what that was, read this post: Mystery Photo Solved. Included in Hutterite Diaries is the story about the POW becoming friends with the Hutterites.
This has been a fun post to work on; a lot of reminiscing! I hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me. Perhaps we'll walk this way again sometime.