My Rhoda


Martin and Rhoda on a special picnic

April 5 is the anniversary of my wedding with Rhoda Krady.  This morning between 5 and 6 o’clock I reviewed the collection of pictures that I call Rhoda’s life.  It brought back many good  memories. If you would like to see the pictures you may click on this link:  Rhoda’s life. You will be treated to a short slide show of her life.

Leah Shank, Mahlon Horst, Louise Shank, Martin Lehman, Rhoda Krady r:: Leah Shank, Mahon Horst, Mary Louise Shenk, Martin & Rhoda

Before I left Virginia for a Civilian Public Service assignment in California, the matron of women at Eastern Mennonite College arranged a joint date for  three couples. She must have deemed us  mature enough to be trusted for an off campus date without a chaperone.



Surrounded by turkeys


I don’t know who initiated the venture.  Probably one or all three of the women did the negotiating. At least, Rhoda and I were among the favored. We went for a picnic on the hills west of the college.At one point we were surrounded by a flock of gobbling turkeys.

Mahlon  Horst and Leah Shank were one of the couples. Although Leah was my first  cousin, the daughter of Uncle Harvey and Aunt Anna Shank, I don’t remember seeing her after this date. They were sent by the Virginia Mission Board to Kentucky as missionaries. Rhoda and I were sent by the Eastern Board of Missions to Florida.  I admired Leah as an older cousin and regret having so little interaction with her.

Louise Shank, Earl Martin

Mary Louise Shenk and Earl Martin, Jr.

The third couple was Mary Louse Shank and Earl Martin, Jr.  I assume that Earl was the one with the camera since he is not on the group picture, and he had access to the most money.  Earl and I roomed in Uncle Lewis and Aunt Cora Martin’s upstairs apartment for the first two years at Eastern Mennonite School.  He was a true nephew, while I was “adopted” as an EMS student in the apartment. I think Earl was a career business man and followed in the footsteps of his father Earl, and his uncle Lewis.

I think I may be the only one of the six picnickers that survives.  If any reader knows of other survivors, please notify me of their welfare.

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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2 Responses to My Rhoda

  1. Miriam says:

    This was simply wonderful. Thank you.

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