COUNTRY ECHOES


| March/April 1978



R. R. 2, Brandon, Wisconsin 53919

Each season has its own distinctive pattern Our Springs are lit by daffodils and dreams, Our Winters wrap us 'round with icy blankets And Summers tempt our wandering through streamsĀ  Of easing water. Then in Autumn's cooling The years we've gathered call us down the laneĀ  Where all experience points to believing In worth of seasons, and in praise of pain.

What a varied panorama we have in our everyday lives! A letter I received from an eighty-two year old lady prompted me to write this poem. Her name is Emma Hazzler (Mrs. Fred C.) of Tonica, Illinois. I just couldn't believe this fat envelope my country mailbox produced in late October. A ten page letter from a reader? I soon learned she is a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and she still bakes most of the bread, rolls, and coffee cake which she and her husband eat. And she also cans and freezes their garden produce.

Fred Hazzler (88) has been an active steam man for many years. In the summer of 1976 they were chosen to be King and Queen of the Pontiac, Illinois Steam Show. They haven't missed that show in 29 years and until 1977 he had been able to drive his 1922 19 HP Port Huron engine in the parade. There have been four generations of Hazzlers represented at Pontiac for the last three years.

Emma Hazzler is now caring for her husband as he suffers from hardening of the arteries. She had to stop four or five times to tend to needful tasks while she wrote this letter. And when she said I had been a great inspiration to her, well, I felt humbled to say the least. Such letters are a real blessing. Thank you, Emma.

Part of the panorama of our life unfolded before us as we took a trip through the west and northwest in August. We had planned to take a full month and discover Alaska for ourselves. So many interesting things turned up before we got that far and our pep sort of ran out. Expenses were getting out of hand as well. The first night out one lady tried to charge us $24.00 to sleep but a little further on we found a nice room for $14.00.