Sometimes it is hard to “write” ‘Whatever Comes To Mind.” Not because of a lack of things that do but maybe more about an abundance of them. It is hard to sort out what is important, what is not and also hope readers will take into consideration that these are my thoughts and may or may not have anything to do with ‘whatever comes to their mind.’
There are so many things that cross our minds. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish what is important and what is not, as well as what things we can do and what things we can’t.
Today there is a song that keeps “coming to mind”…“Let The World Go Away.” Sometimes we feel that way and then again we will fight for thoughts of “What can I do to make things different and or better?”
February always brings lots of thoughts of remembrance for me as this was a month that contained a lot of birthdays for my family. Birthdays are more important than we may think.
It was my grandson, Oliver’s 1st birthday on the 4th of February. It was interesting to see that little mite of a man standing in the atmosphere of noise and confusion with presents all around, and a look of “what am I to do” on his face and in his body reaction.
There are times you wish you knew what they are thinking.
His mother had gotten or baked a special cake just for him that allowed him the opportunity to have their own cake, so to speak. After assessing the cake he did “dig in”, and I am guessing he was wondering, “What I am expected to do?”
Oliver slowly and carefully look his time and shredded this special cake into crumbs. It was interesting to note that he didn’t put not even one crumb in his mouth. He didn’t smear it on his face or put it in his hair.
After watching him for a while we all started singing “Happy Birthday.” His eyes “lit up” and he put the biggest smile on his face and twinkle in his eyes and later he was presented with a piece of cake, which he did enjoy eating.
This month would have also been my Aunt Helyn’s birthday on the 11th, Aunt Eleanor’s on the 19th, and my dad’s on the 20th.
So many thoughts go out about how their lives were a part of mine and the memories are many and interesting.
Helyn. Her personality and beauty. All the grace and dignity of a queen. Loving, willing to adapt to almost anything to please her family but she presented the quality of royalty. Hard to explain. She “fit” any group.
Eleanor. She collected cupids, loved music and whether as a personal thing or acquired from a meticulous husband, she was loved and part of the family.
Her husband, Arnold, knew where everything was in their home. She could call him on the telephone and he could tell her exactly where something was.
And then there is my DAD. What can I say there? So many things come to mind that could be said. My mind is flooded with so much it is hard to distinguish what my first thoughts are. He was my dad!
He had “dyslexia” before it’s time so no one really realized or understood the problems he was experiencing. It wasn’t just the letters that lost identity and were confusing it was also a pattern of his life. It was like a confusion of having any number of personality traits that came through. He loved and cared and I miss him
He was many things to us. How well I remember when I got a bike for my 5th birthday. I was scared to ride it so he told my sister Kaye, who was to turn 4, and braver than I, that whichever one of us learned to ride it first could have the bike.
I did get a bike of my own the following year when it was time for Kaye’s 5th birthday and we treasured them.
Our dad informed us right from the start to take care of our bikes as it was the only one that we would ever get. We were instructed to put them away at night, which we did, except one time. I can still remember him waking us up and told us to get up and put our bikes away.
He told us how much his old battered bike had meant to him when he was growing up and how he wanted us to take care of ours. He told about how he had to push his bike home from school during the Armistice Day Storm for fear someone would take it. Needless to say, we never forgot to put them away again.
My dad will be remembered for all the things he built and invented, as well as for his kindness to those who had less than he did.
The best gifts that life offer cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Remember birthdays and be thankful for another year. They also hold the promise of many bright tomorrows.
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This week’s birthdays an anniversaries include:
Thursday, February 23rd: Marcus Allen Misgen, Sharon Ramaker, Bernie Warnke, Josh Krueger, Daniel Suelter, Dale Waltz, Tiffany Mischke, Dan Walterman, Laura & Jamie Baudoin
Friday, February 24th: James Hunter Moudy, Jerry Hemingway, Rick Draper, Nathan Wayne, Roxy Menefee Ray, Sarah Zamora, Nancy Larson, Kathy & Daryl Reed
Saturday, February 25th: Berrniece Farr Mattson, Coltan Hagen, Brad Hagen, LuAnn Miller, Sherri Larson Fritz, Steve & Vicky Dobberstein
Sunday, February 26th: Sharon Menefee, Shawn Jensen, Becky Lassahn, Ray Coxworth, Ginger Cornelius, Mary Lou Spurr, Chris Sauke, Mike Glynn, Jeff & Robin Christensen, Joel & Peg Radjenovich
Monday, February 27th: Steve Pence, Jean Anderson, Garry Nordhorn, Doris Rasmussen, Journey Churchill-Malcom, Erik Cooper, John Olson, Jayden Dakota Tonkins, Nancy Ingvaldson
Tuesday, February 28th: Bill Powers, Troy Utpadel, Neil Pence, Jackie Miller, Steve Engel, Dan Nesdahl, Bennett Dobberstein, Atom Oquist, Sharese Lehmberg, John Marlson, Gerry Flim, Michelle Nelson, Michael Nelson, Tyler Titus, Tiffany Mischke, Michael Coy, Daryl VanRavenhorst, Jim & Diane Butler
Wednesday, March 1st: Dan Nelson, Arlen Brekke, Chet Alan Hansen, Jordon Cook, Rick Loberg, Sara Ihrke, Duane Reichl, Nicole Farr, Emily Ayers, Paula & Richard Conroy
Thursday, March 2nd: Willard Christenson, Wilfred Christenson, Laurie Jensen, Angie Hagen Rasmussen, Joanne Kaiser, Roger Langlie, Casey Lyman, Abner Smith, Alexis Elizabeth Klocek, Ronnie & Marcia Hutchins, Paul & Kathy Underland
Friday, March 3rd: Jeff Lageson, John Crabtree, Valerie Tobiason Quiring, Maurine Larson, Frank Thompson, Bill Draayer, Terri Jensen, Darlene Christensen, Charlie Hanson, Jessica Tufte, Terri Miles, David Underland, Darren & Christine Hanson, Angie & Jeff Rasmussen, Nicole & Nathan Milender
Saturday, March 4th: Dawn David, Teresa Hove, Larry Spear, Julia Elizabeth Neitzel
May all the good wishes that you receive on your special day bloom in your heart and bring you joy!