All Fool’s Day

At 11:30 a.m. The Old Fool traveled to the Men’s Fellowship at College Mennonite Everett Thomas – 4Church.  On arriving there he met Jim Smith, chair of New Perspectives on Faith, and registered for the coming seminar by Phil Gulley. 

After a thirty minute lunch, the group listened to Everett Thomas, editor of The Mennonite and also a member of Goshen’s city council since 1991. Thomas’s speech focused on his experience as a politician and what he has learned from it. 

Significant to The Old Fool was the way Thomas has helped advance the city’s good, refused to make decisions until all the facts were in and tried to be a friend of anyone who doesn’t see things his way. He also decided a few years ago not to caucus with the democrats on city council in order to maintain his political independence.

Leaving CMC, The Old Fool dropped into Dr. Craig’s office, the audiologist who kept Rhoda’s hearing aids working.   Several years ago The Old Fool happened to go to the office to make a payment on all fools day and found the person who received the payment  dressed as a witch. 

The Old Fool’s father

Since then The Old Fool has the habit of stopping in for no reason at all except to see her  latest persona.  Today he found her and the doctor’s assistant in camouflage attire.  The two women were honoring their sons who had just joined the Marine corp.   The Old Fool prays that their sons will be delivered from evil.  (October 31 is the 118th anniversary of the Old Fool’s father’s birthday.)

Gay Lehman and Pastor Rose Widmer

At 2:30p.m. The Old Fool received a pastor and a member of discipleship commission of  College Mennonite Church.  They kept an appointment to get to know the Old Fool better and to get information that could be used to introduce him to the congregation.  This was a part of the orientation of The Old Fool to his new church.  It was a pleasant interchange. 


This being All Fool’s Day, The Old Fool was assigned to give candy to the children who knocked at our door, and by giving this treat save us and our house from suffering a devastating trick. I entertained four groups of innocent looking children and their parents, when lastly two stern looking young men appeared and demanded a treat or they would trick.  I whipped out my camera and snapped evidence. Then I recognized the two as being Khalid, my great grand son and his congenial young friend. 

In between events throughout the day The Old Fool has kept eye and ear open to the intertwining of weather disaster and political developments.  You may want to look at the projections of this electoral map.  Rachel has just arrived home from her trip to Kansas. 





About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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1 Response to All Fool’s Day

  1. Rachel L Stoltzfus says:

    Today, the day following All Fools Day, is All Saints Day. In my list of all saints, Grandfather J. Irvin Lehman is close to the top of those I have experienced. Of course, Rhoda Krady Lehman, my mother, is in the cloud of saints this year as well. I think of both of them and smile.

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