Month: December 1995

  • Potatoes make best Christmas memories

    I was 14 when we decided to buy the movie camera Dad and Mom had always wanted. With five children between 10 and 15 on a small, family dairy farm, they could not afford it – until we met the potato farmer who could not afford a labor-saving harvester or migrant worker housing. For an…

  • Friends care enough to say something

    “Joan! Black sneakers and black sock with a red and white pinafore and red blouse!” I looked at my feet. They were warm. My sneakers matched my socks. The blouse matched the pinafore. I looked at my friend quizzically, “Is something wrong?” She laughed, “That’s a science major for you.” I cut the black sneakers…

  • Educational dining experiences

    Before their recent visit, my son’s wife said, “you cook Thanksgiving day and I will fix the meals the rest of the time.” We ended up sharing the cooking, but she came prepared to cook her specialties. They walked in Wednesday evening carrying grocery sacks filled with packages of rice, crisp, pristine white wrappers for…

  • Mom has bionic eyes

    The “I can take my clothes off all by myself stage had arrived. All the books on bringing up baby did not prepare me. I gasped, “Well laa, dee, daa!” I paused. “I think you better put your clothes back on. For a while laa-dee-daas were the fashion of the pre-school crowd. The last time…