Fellowship:

A half dozen of us kids gathered around as GG taught her Sunday school class. An easel held a board covered with flannel, and as my great grandmother told us a story, she used cut out characters made of the same materiel to illustrate for us. I was happy just to be sitting in the fellowship hall rather than the cramped and cold Sunday school room.…

Rock and a Hard Place:

When summer came, we discovered that R2 and I were not the only ones waiting for the seasonal brook to dry up. We had decided our secret spot should be dry enough within the week, when the bulldozers came in a transformed our lush green playground into a barren yard full of rocks.…

Polyethylene:

“I found something in the basement” R1 said with a conspiratorial tone to her voice. “What is it?” I asked her. We entered the basement through an exterior door. During the summer, it was one of our favorite places to play, because the combination of shade and stone made for a cool place to hide.…

Popcorn Machine:

Once I returned home from the hospital, there were many changes and adjustments. The urine tests and injections were bad enough, but now I had to adapt to a more stringent diet as well. Thankfully most of my meals went unchanged, as Mother had always prepared reasonably healthy meals for us, but snacks were another matter altogether.…