“[Mother] felt blessed to have children and enjoyed having a daughter. She showed that love by scrimping and saving egg money so I could have the prettiest dress for Christmas and Easter. I remember our shopping trips to Green Bay—to real stores. The outfit was always complete with a special hat and purse. She enjoyed the Motherline. Her mother died when I was 6 and I remember her tears as she mourned her loss. She said she was too young to lose her mother—little did she know!”
Read stories by writers' group members:
• "Experience of World War II" by Wayne Hinkel.
• "Riding on the Bike Trail" by Jo Buth
• "The Beginning—It Was In a Filling Station" by JoAnne Simon
• "To Amanda" by Jody Leach
• "The Choir Widow" by Audrey McGarvie
• "The Kitchen Table" by Doris Sheldon
• "The World’s Fair—1934" by Ed Haker
• "Thank You, Lord" by Florence Pierson
For nearly two hours on a spring afternoon, the eight sat in a circle clinging to one another’s words.
There was no shortage of smiles, nods and laughter. But there were also more tears than usual. “I think this was our best meeting ever,” said Audrey McGarvie as she put on her coat to leave.
Audrey and her husband, Norm, are part of this small group from Ascension Lutheran Church, Waukesha, Wis., near Milwaukee. The congregation has some 40 small groups—Bible study, support and those that appeal to special interests such as hiking, biking and scrapbooking. Member Jo Buth thought there should be a writing group and put a note in the church newsletter for those “wanting to write their memoirs or who just love to write.”
|Norm McGarvie reads his most recent story to the members of Ascension Lutheran Church's writers' group.|
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