Recently, one of our daughters was lamenting that her 7-year-old was questioning if Santa was real, and she wasn’t sure how to answer. I was reminded of a quote credited to Edwin Osgood Grover:
Some of my favorite memories of our children’s high school years were made at cross country meets, so it was especially exciting to see that our Field High School Cross Country boys team placed fourth at the regional CC meet to secure a spot at the State Cross Country meet.
Those who read this column with any regularity may have noticed that I use quotes quite often. I love a good quote because it is an entire sermon wrapped within a few profound words.
If you live in Brimfield, Patti Harjung has likely impacted your life in some way, even if you do not know who she is. Let me introduce you to her.
A few weeks ago, our 10 children, their spouses, and most of our 45 grandchildren gathered for the annual Mars Cousin Camp, which is a three-day extravaganza filled with activities and great food. During one of our monthly Zoom planning meetings, our children expressed a desire to visit the graves of some of their ancestors.
With the celebration of Independence Day, I am not afraid to admit that our family is patriotic. Our flag flies 24 hours, seven days a week to show gratitude for the freedom that we do not take for granted. I am reminded of a quote by Thomas Jefferson which states, “How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!”
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an essayist and philosopher who was a prolific writer of great words of wisdom. Said he, “I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives.” Lifetime Brimfield resident Nikki Husted knows more about a chickens' motives than anyone I have ever met.
Fair warning to my readers … I am on a soapbox in today’s column. Over the last few months, I have helped organize two evenings devoted to women’s health and wellness at our church. As a mother of 10 children, I am keenly aware of the prevalence of EBS (Empty Bucket Syndrome) and the fact that many of us do not practice adequate self-care.
Amidst all the clean-up from the storms, it is nice to see the progression of the Brimfield Township Fire Department. The Brimfield Bread Oven has also received a lovely exterior renovation. Inside, it is still the best place to be in Brimfield. The smells, the people, the food…it is divine!
I discovered a new treasure a few weeks ago when I was perusing Facebook and noticed a post about a newly opened store, Scott Farm Market and Greenhouse at 1977 Meloy Road.
Here it is, nine years later, and Ben Wolford extended an invitation to revive Around Brimfield. Again, I laughed it off and thought of the many reasons I would not be interested. After all, our large family has grown larger since then, and I am busier than ever. For some unknown reason, the thought kept coming back… and here I am. Welcome to Around Brimfield!