Happy Twenty thousand and Fourteen


January 1, 2014 from our back door.

Take a look at the picture of yesterday morning’s snow taken from our back door window and imagine Crystal’s need to find a place to “go”.  I’m so glad I am not a dog.

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny.  I plan  to go with My Joy to her therapy in Elkhart.  I will come home with her to keep my regularly scheduled game play with friends at 2:00 p.m, and after the games I will go to My Joy’s apartment for the joy of the evening.

The TV Weatherman has just said that the snow on the ground  is the consistency of confectioner’s sugar, and warned that it will  be a problem tonight when the wind cranks up and the temperature drops to an expected -1 degree.  In the words of the man who knows the weather, this will be a dangerous event.

IMG_0427Yesterday noon our family was warmed by a traditional food enjoyed annually by Haitians.  The official name is “pumpkin soup.” Its ingredients are bits of simple  foods available to Haitians.  Our family has not forgotten the years that Rachel and Eldon and their sons lived in Haiti. They learned to appreciate new foods, new languages and culture, and made many new friends that enrich our lives.

Friends that come once or twice a year are Kenson Theus and Hannah Hoover.  IMG_0391Kenson is a graduate of Goshen College.  He played with my grandsons in Haiti and they share many memories.  Kenson has passed all necessary tests and will soon take the needed oaths to have dual citizenship with  both Haiti and the US.  Haiti will recognize his US citizenship, but the US will not recognize his Haitian citizenship.  He works as a site supervisor and assistant architect for a firm that builds hospitals in Haiti.

IMG_1064-3We are remembering the happy but final days that Rhoda was with us.  She had regained enough strength to go shopping with Conrad’s children and me.  Today is the second anniversary of her final full day among us.  We miss her, and I often wish I could relive those final days.  But I cannot allow the impossibility of that to keep me from enjoying the present goodness of God in the blessings he has given me.

IMG_0364My Joy’s two daughters visited her during the holiday’s past.  Obviously, she had hours alone with them.  But I was with them long enough to have a deeper appreciation for their care for their mother, and long enough for them to confide to their mother that they thought we were a “cute” couple.

My sympathy is with Merle Cordell whose wife Beulah passed away the day before Christmas.  Merle and I grew up in the Marion Congregation. He remained to serve as a bishop of the congregation for fifty years and he reported that he thinks he has read all of my posts.  Joseph Baer, his sister, Mary, and I have memories of the Marion Congregation. Joe and I attended Eastern Mennonite School during our high school years.  Now we are together in our eighties at Goshen, and he is receiving  hospice care at Greencroft health care. There are many reminders of our frailty and mortality.

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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3 Responses to Happy Twenty thousand and Fourteen

  1. Freda Zehr says:

    Hello Martin, I just read in the above that paragraph that you have just passed the two year mark of Rhoda’s death. I was not aware that it was so close to my own husband, Vernons death. It was two years in this past October for me to have said goodbye to him, I am happy to see that life is going on in a good way for you. I still find it very difficult to face the days without him. 55 years is a long time to share life with someone and then lose them.
    But I know i must go on –he would not want me to be so sad and crying as much as I do.
    I want you to know that I do so enjoy your
    “old fool’s” stories and advice. Keep it up. Freda Zehr
    ps, are you still on Mennolink?

  2. Marilyn Slabach says:

    The photo taken out your back door is beautiful, and I know that you are having VERY cold weather right now! However, the community you live in offers so much. In Naples light rain continues to fall tonight, and the temperature is 64 with 82 predicted tomorrow. Happy New Year.

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