News reports are given live and the weather is given live. Our children and grandchildren live in far away places. ?We hear about it as it happens. Like the earthquake that hit in Virginia. It was felt way up to New York, Ohio and Detroit. The National Cathedral in Washington, D. C. even suffered damage to its tower.
My granddaughter, Brenda lives and works in Danville, Va. She’s an audiologist. She felt the tremor while sitting at her desk with a patient. Brenda said it was weird. She said her desk vibrated and the floor was shaking. She heard a rumble like someone was pounding on the roof. Brenda’s fiancé, Pierce, teaches in Rocky Mount, about 50 miles away. It was nice weather so he was holding class outside. Some of the students said “the ground is shaking.” His school did suffer some cracks. These towns are about 4 1/2 hours from Washington, D. C. ? My neighbors, Joan and Jim Buettner, have a granddaughter who just moved to a town near Danville and Rocky Mount. Abby is studying nutrition, doing her residency in a nearby hospital. ?A strange thing happened last week-end. The Buettners accidentally met Brenda and Pierce at the IHOP in Roanoke. Abby mentioned to her dad, Dave that there was a Putnam County car “over yonder, it’s a nice bright orange. Dave mentioned something to Pierce about the car. Then Brenda came outside and Dave asked “Are you Brenda Dickman?” She was a bit startled. Then he said “I grew up with your mom and was a good friend with her brother.” They were all pleasantly surprised. It’s a small, small world. ?Our six children all live within seven or eight miles of me. They all belong to the Fort Jennings St. Joseph Parish and all the grandkids graduated or attend school (she’s a senior) at FJHS. I’m very grateful they all live so close. All their activities were at one church or one school. ?Of my 20 grandchildren, Cassie is the only one left in high school. Two others make their home in the country near Fort Jennings. Another makes his main home near Fort Jennings but his business takes him to Europe often — like four or five times already in his 25 years. ?One granddaughter, Carole, lives up the road a few miles, near Glandorf. Carol and her husband have helped to increase the Schroeder population in Putnam County. Brent works for GROB near Bluffton. GROB has sent him to their home plant in Germany a few times. Carole, Brent and the two oldest children lived in Bavaria for six months or so. Brent speaks German fluently and Carole is also pretty good with the language. Brandon even spent part of the first grade in Germany. Carole did some home schooling with him during their visit so he could be up with his Glandorf classmates. ?Kate Dickman and Dennis Dobbs were married today near Fort Jennings. He is a native of North Dakota but they met in Africa. They have been living in Boston. During her years in medical school, Kate spend two years in Uganda and two summers in Kenya. Dennis was working in Africa for Case Western for a few years. That is how they met ?Brian “Bud” Dickman is a photographer for a Maumee advertising firm so they often send him to California and Florida and points in between. Steve Dickman spent four years in the US Navy - half of it in the submarine, the USS Toledo. This took him to several foreign ports and even under the Polar Ice Cap. ?Michael is an officer in the Air Force, after spending four years in college. He is stationed in Florida, training to be a navigator. He was able to spend time in the ground crew during an air show in Paris. Michael also spent some time in Iraq and Afghanistan. His brother, Mark is a lawyer in Denver. ?So the grandchildren are all over creation. My husband and I did a lot of traveling, mostly camping. Our children got all over the USA in a tent or camper. By the time Tony was 16, he was in 26 states. I have visited 48 of the 50 states - never got to Oregon or Hawaii. All the states have a lot to offer, but Alaska is so wide open and free - the Last Frontier. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Germany and other European countries. It’s a real thrill to step foot on the same ground our ancestors walked on, so many years ago. ?Now we can be in Europe in seven or eight hours. It took our ancestors four to six weeks of rough ocean sailing to reach their new homes in America. For many, when they left their homeland, it was the last time they saw their parents or siblings. Now we can keep in touch with these family members by Email or cell phone in minutes. ?Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the people of the world could just live in peace?