I recently met the most charming lady at a newcomers dinner our church holds once a month.
When it was time to introduce ourselves to the group and tell a few facts about our lives, she revealed that she was married to her husband for 70 years and 4 months (!) before he died recently. She added that he forbade her to attend church during their marriage and threatened that she would be sorry if she did.
She is now finally able to attend church freely, and is there every time she can be. She ended her introduction by saying, “If any young person is thinking of marrying someone who is not a Christian, I have a few things to tell them!”
I knew right then I wanted to hear more about her life, and I wanted my children to as well. When I made a beeline over to her to ask if I could bring some of my children to meet her, she was thrilled!
We went this week and learned so much from this firecracker of a lady! Here’s a recap of what she taught us:
- 90 year olds can still mow their own lawns.
- 90 year olds still get excited about their upcoming birthday parties.
- Every strong, country woman keeps a hoe by the back door. Snakes, ya know.
- If you kill a snake and hang it on your backyard fence, it will rain that evening. (In case you thought this was just an old wives tale.)
- Marrying a soldier 20 days after Pearl Harbor Day is not a good idea.
- Children these days need their mothers to make homemade dinners.
- Old quilts can not handle being laundered.
- Big bass can swallow baby ducks whole.
I am spending more time with this sweet lady later this month, and I can’t wait to learn more from her!
Here is a video of her talking about her father being on the front lines of The Battle of Champagne in World War I, Indian raids, stagecoaches, and rodeos. (Email readers may need to click to the blog to see the video.)
I hope you expose your kids to plenty of people like this dear, sweet lady. There is so much history, and courage, and compassion, and tenacity to learn! Read more about how we keep our kids connected to the older generations here.