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May 17, 2020

Dear Friends: another week, another mailing. 

Perhaps at this Pandemic Time, We Have Something to Learn: Seven Wonders of the World

1) Egypt’s Great Pyramids  2) Taj Mahal  3) Grand Canyon  4) Panama Canal 5) Empire State Building  6) St. Peter’s Basilica  7) China’s Great Wall

While gathering votes the teacher noticed that one student had not finished her paper yet.

So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.  The girl replied, “Yes. A little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.”

The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”

The girl hesitated then read: “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ are: 

1: To See   2:To Touch  3:To hear  4:To Taste  5:To Feel  6:To Laugh  7:And to Love.”

The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.  The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous. A gentle reminder:

The most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man!


   Thursday’s meeting at church and on Zoom was set to talk about technology for church and to listen to another of Philip’s taped messages.  The picture was much sharper and the volume was louder.  The taped messages will be on the website and Facebook.  Peg will include that in the Church News in the Post-Journal.

   We are also talking about what will need to be done once churches are allowed to meet again, and Ralph came up with a list which each of us will go over then discuss at the next meeting.


MORE MEMORIES OF MOTHERS: A Continuation from Mother’s Day


Gary Loll: “Anyone remember the Dorsey Brothers song: ‘Five foot two, eyes of blue oh what those five foot could do?’  My mom was the epitome of that song.  My father was over 6 foot tall while mom was just 5 foot. Dad was a strong man but he never crossed my mom and neither did my sister or I.  The reason was not in fear of mom's ire but because of the love and respect we had for her.  She unselfishly cared for, guided and loved us every day instilling in us right from wrong.  Always putting delicious food on our table even when things were sparse, and clean clothes on our bodies.  Mom was active from dawn til late evening when she finally settled in her favorite chair to soon be asleep.  She had a great sense of humor and could have you rolling on the floor with laughter...I could go on forever, but I am what I am today because of my mom.... Miss her still today after 19 years.”


Mary Ann Carlson: “I was 2 or 3 when my parents took me to Pilgrim Church. Dad sang in the choir but Mom didn’t because she couldn’t carry a tune. We sat and listened to my dad.  Mom was the Financial Secretary, and every Sunday she would sit at our dining room table to count the money.  She also taught Sunday school.  Third grade, I think. I also remember my mother walking down to the nursing home on Allen Street to visit someone.  I think it was the only nursing home in Jamestown at the time. She didn’t work until I was in junior high then she worked in my dad’s grocery store. She was a great mom.”


Cindy Rogerson:  “Memories of my Mom, Ruth Chiverton Rogerson When asked to share memories of my mother, my mind went through all the past years that we shared together. So many remembered and more have sadly been forgotten; the ones that you wished you could remember from your younger years. - I remember coming home from high school to find Mom ironing in the living room watching Dick Clark's American Bandstand on the tv. We had fun listening to the music plus talk about all the partners that were dancing. Kenny and Arlene were her favorite. We would even practice the types of dances! - When she was

working in Lockwood’s gift department she was sent to New York City to buy new items for the store. At that time I was working there and had to opportunity to join her on this shopping experience. I remember a very large building on Broadway, which had several little wholesale gift shops on many floors offering items to be ordered. You were required to show evidence that you were a buyer from a department store. Not sure how I was able to accompany her, but she got me in. So many beautiful and unique items but I was not able to buy! - Mom loved visiting NYC and we would spend lots of time there when they came to visit me. Spent many hours just walking and checking out all the different shops, places to eat. I can remember our walking through the Village when a man offered to ‘take us on a tour’ of bakeries in the Village. We were even given samples at some shops. Yum. I just need to stop and think and all these endearing times come flooding back into my mind. Times that I will always hold close. I have been so blessed with the love that was given to me by my mother.”


Sally Teater:  “My mother, Ruth Rogerson, was a very caring, kind and thoughtful person. I am blessed to have so many special memories. One thing Mom did throughout all the years was to make any occasion a personal treat for its recipient. Each birthday we were asked what meal & dessert we wanted and how we wanted to spend the day. She even made one of my adult birthdays from a favorite childhood memory of mine. I had loved the Teddy Bear Picnic story and song and one year she surprised me with a picnic set up on their living room floor on a red & white checked table cloth & same design paper napkins with hand drawn cutouts of teddy bears all around as well as many stuffed teddy bears. To complete this setting was a gift set of the book and music! She always thought of others first and helped those in need. She was very conscientious in writing notes to friends who were so grateful to know that someone cared. She was a woman of faith who taught us by example in addition to reading us Bible stories. I still have my childhood Bibles and treasure the times spent together. In all her many caring ways, we knew we were very loved.”


Bill Hazenberg: My mother dressed my twin Chuck and I alike until we were old enough to rebel! She loved to entertain  and was a very sociable person.  She belonged to Moonbrook and tried to get Pat and I to join several times, but we were not interested.  She was a stay-at-home mom until Chuck and I were 16.  She belonged to many women’s groups and played cards.  Her favorite thing to do was play golf.  She was a great golfer and got a hole-in-one when she was legally blind and 90 years old!!  My mom lived to be 96 and was a go-getter all her life!





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