SOOT IN THE FLUES


| May/June 1966



Soot in the flues

Since the May-June issue comes out early in April perhaps we could get the Easter Bunny to deliver it. The kids would surely like that wouldn't they?? On the more solemn side do hope you have been having an enriching Lenten season. It's a good time for us to take inventory of our spiritual life and do some reconditioning for our lives and others. It's so easy for us to become lax on our religious obligations I don't think we mean too I even think sometimes we get to feeling pretty pompous and think we are pretty good, but if we take a deep look into ourselves I believe we can all find shortcomings and see we are pretty far from the goal of perfection which we should always be striving to attain.

In January, after squaring things away here at home to see the family was taken care of Father and I went to East Stroudsburg to see our eldest son graduate from college and it was a most rewarding experience. Through the years he has been there we've seen and shared his joys and sorrows, disillusionments and honors, trials and successes and then all of a sudden there you are sitting in the auditorium of the College and the graduation exercises begin in come the professors in all their array of robes quite impressive, as there are many colors accenting the black robes for each color designates a different field of education. You listen to the introductions of dignitaries and you are aware you are privileged to hear an excellent speaker giving the address to these young men and women. Then the procession of eager 'advocates of the future' begins as each individual steps forward enthusiastically to grasp that 'sheepskin' they have struggled and labored for in the many months past. Our hearts were full of love and pride as our son stepped forward to receive his diploma (for just a moment he was again a babe in my arms, a toddler, a first-grader a little boy bringing Mommy home a gift from everywhere he went, a Midget Baseball player, a youngster ill with the childhood diseases that made us panic inwardly many a time, a Band student, then a football and basketball player, later Captain, Class President and on and on I could go, like any proud mother. We had our unhappy moments as any family does, but the happy times far outweigh those and all we can say is 'Thank you God, for giving us this privilege of having and raising such a fine son, and being able to see him clear through graduation'. We are so grateful, for many people never know that joy. Just hope we make it through with the rest of the children that's a lot of goodness to ask from the Lord after all we have had, but it's worth a try and somehow I think we just might make it.) Hey look how I got off on a life history and left Eddie up in the paragraph holding the diploma. Well, it was a wonderful event for us and one of our most cherished memories now. That wonderful graduate is now teaching and going to school also, and plans to go all summer towards his 'Masters'. His wife is also teaching and working toward her degree. If this couple is an example of 'the hands that are molding the future of our country' then I'm not worried. Well, I guess it's not quite that easy to solve the problems of the world, but folks like these are an inspiration anyhow.

A letter from J. B. Ellmaker of Fair-field, Iowa and he writes, 'I would like to read more about the performance and economy of over-mounted steam jacketed traction engines and, or, lorries of the Foden type. Their makers seem to have been extremely reticent about this date.' Any helpers on this subject??

Well, the Reunion ads and announcements are flowing in, so I know you folks are getting 'steamed up' and can hardly wait to start making the rounds of the 'Shows' and before you know it that time will be here. So no need to tell you to have a good time I know you will!

And for a few quotes Remember the poorest man in the world is the man who has nothing but money Gossip is the art of saying nothing and leaving nothing unsaid There is a high cost for low living Faith is not believing that God can; it is knowing that he will.