I’m sure it’s an age thing, but I find myself reminiscing about my childhood on occasion. I realize all the fun things we tried and did in the company of my neighborhood companions. I grew up on a country road that had five children my age within a mile’s distance, so one of my earliest memories was of our carpooling to kindergarten. Two such families lived particularly close by, or should I say my family lived close to them. We lived across the road from Red and Veronica Monnin, who had two daughters that lived less than 1/4 mile; one to the north the other to the south of their home place.
I find myself grateful for my childhood experiences. I was treated like another one of their kids; included in their trips to the library, a day at the swimming pool, picking tomatoes for a little income, crawling through haymow tunnels, playing games and even ice skating.
I fondly remember the DeMange’s 1962 Ford station wagon which 12 or more of us would pile in to head to the swimming pool. We were just one extra large family. The young ones would sit on the older one’s laps. There would be bony elbows and knees poking everyone at some point during the ride. Mrs. DeMange would drive us to the pool (at least until one of the older kids obtained their driver’s license) and we would get their early enough to stand in line eagerly waiting for the doors to open. The older kids, usually Mary or Denise, would watch over us younger kids and even spend time teaching us how to swim. I didn’t have a big sister so it was very nice to learn from these girls, who also taught me to carry a well stocked beach bag and other grown up things.
The DeMange girls also exposed me to sewing, music, Barbie dolls, ice skating, cards and other games. I looked up to those girls. I wanted to imitate them. They were my early mentors. As I look back, I realize how blessed I was to have had such wonderful nurturing neighbors with the DeManges to our north and the Barlages to the south. The older girls nurtured, the older boys agitated, and those nearer my age challenged me.
Congratulations to Samuel Prakel, now of Oregon who finished tenth in the men’s 1500 meter NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. It’s amazing that his time was two seconds slower than his Oregon teammate Mac Fleet who came in first. That was an incredibly tight race and an awesome accomplishment. Congratulations Samuel. If you would like to learn more about Samuel’s track record you need only type his name into any online search engine.
Congratulations to Tom Donnelly who announced his engagement to Loretta Graham. They are planning to marry in August.
Congratulations to 2014 Miss Chick queen Elizabeth White. Courtney Rose was first runner-up and Cassidy Condon claimed second runner-up. Also congratulations to this year’s Little Miss Poultry Days’ queen Star Ridenour. Jose Ward was named first runner-up and Gracie Hughes was named second runner-up.
Mark your calendar for Towne & Country Players musical “TARZAN” which will be performed tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., as well as 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Performing Arts Center at the VHS. Tickets are on sale now by calling (937) 526-4760.
Today and Saturday Trinity Lutheran Church is holding their annual Rummage Sale at their location (204 E. Wood St.). Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.
Happy birthday wishes to Joan Gigandet, Linda May, Angie Keiser, Teresa Comer, Carolyn Poling, Crystal Hartzell, Jacki Stonebraker, Kris Barlage, Christy Baker, Judy Lumby, Joann Eilerman, Roberta Condon, Sandy Peters, Judy Benkert, Jeff Cochran, Cindy Grogean, Jenny Pleiman, Martha Magoto, Donna Varner, Betty Monnin, Rita Brandon, Bob Monnin, Kasey Christian, Ron Mescher, Carrie Dehart, and Samantha Keiser. Happy and congratulatory anniversary wishes to Tammy and Bruce Magoto, Debbie and Ted Blakeley, Judy and Jeff Cochran (27), and Roberta and Fred Condon.
Hello to Carol Motter, Pat DeMange, Mary Miller, Denise Otte, Leigh Fletcher, Ted Winterrowd, Ethan Davis and Samantha Smith.
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Megan Heindl, Jerry Pequignot, Tegan Fortkamp, Peaches Boyer, Joyce Marshall, Larry Barga, Iris Nickol, Joe Slonkosky, Terry Black, Donna Black, Georgie Kemper, Jean Hartzell, Shirley Strunk, Peg Bundy, Carol Larger, Rusty Whittaker, Brain Voisard, Lauren Harman and all those in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Dr. Jerry Mestemaker and Esther Adams, also remembering the lives of Clara Paulus, Dan Eilerman, John Gearhardt, Alma Treon, Dick Brandon, Mary Monnin, Paul Pepiot, Eileen Morgan, Stew Prakel, Winnie Davidson, Dale Weese, Ed Bruns, Judy Brodrick, David Cornell, as well as those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing nears.
”Memories of childhood are the dreams that stayed with you after you woke up.” ~Julian Barnes
”Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~Robert Brault
”If only for a short while, our childhood memories have the power to transport us back in time.” ~C. Edwards
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.