Whitesburg KY

Berries and nuts were almost enough to live on

Northeast Ohio

A beautiful sunshiny morning to everyone, yep, that’s what it’s like in our area. Got up to 70 yesterday and we were promised 80 today, but the morning forecast says 71 or so.

I hope this finds everyone fit and well. We’re not too bad here. Red’s shingles seem to be getting better, and were it not for ole mister ‘Arthur Itis’ I would be back to normal, whatever that is.

As I write this, it is Bill’s and Redia’s 43rd wedding anniversary. I think they have plans for dinner, but they will be stopping by here sometime today. We usually take them out to eat but not this year. At least not now, maybe later.

I have talked to Georgia, Jettie and Jeanie this week, they and their families are all doing fairly well.

I got a package in the mail yesterday, and you’ll never guess what I found inside. Give up? Teaberry gum, something I look for every store I’m in but no luck.

Thank you, Mildred. Yum-yum, just as I remembered. What a delicious flavor. I’m sure a lot of you remember the mountain tea that grew in some places and the red berries. The tea leaves were for chewing and the berries for eating. There was a patch growing on the hill behind our house. Thinking back, there were so many edible fruits and nuts growing everywhere, we could have almost lived on them alone.

Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries (wild ones were small but sweeter), persimmon trees, pawpaws, huckleberries, gooseberries, walnuts, hickory nuts, beechnuts, chestnuts, butternuts (I guess they were white walnuts), plum trees, cherries, apples and lots and lots of wild greens everywhere!

I probably left out several but sometimes (too often) I suff er a senior moment.

Hello to all the Engle families. Don’t forget about the picnic on Sunday, May, 30, at the Old Flat Gap School House, Flap Gap, Va. I’m not sure if it’s called the community center or senior center, either way I’m sure there will be signs and it’s an all-day shindig. I hope to see you there.

Speaking of picnics, don’t forget the Engle- Sergent one on Sunday, Aug. 8, at Hilltop Park in Elyria, from noon until 4:45 p.m. I’m hoping we have a big crowd this year.

I just found out the date of the Letcher County picnic and as promised am passing it along. It will be at Mill Hollow Park in Vermilion, on Saturday, Sept. 11 from noon till 6 p.m. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone again. There are so many beautiful people we only get to see once a year.

I am extending a personal invitation to Cliff Tyree in Tiffin (I think) and his friends who play and sing on ‘Country Gospel’ each week, from Castalia. We always listed to them.

Cliff is originally from Letcher County and some of the band members and singers may also be from there or nearabouts. We can promise you good food, good company and hopefully, good weather.

I would also like to remind Joe Bates, Louisiana, and all the Bates family wherever they might be, that you will all be missed if you aren’t here.

They’re such a great family. And to the members of the Brown family, your presence would be most welcome. Think about it, okay?

Hello to Gladys Smith in North Carolina, I sincerely hope and pray you are feeling much better.

I really planned to get a letter in the mail for you today, but it takes me all day to get this written, too many breaks. I really do miss your column, maybe soon.

Oma Hatton, how is everything with you and your family? Looking forward to seeing you in May. I just hope and pray we will both be up to the trip by then.

Lizzie Wright, didn’t you used to work at Hoover Dawahare’s with my aunt, the late Sarah Jane Kincer? She was sister to my mom, the late Polly Ann (Taylor) Sergent. I always read your column.

Hello to all the great people I met at Antioch Church in Louisville the two times I was privileged to visit there. I think about you often and can still in my mind hear the beautiful and inspiring words. I hope one of these days I will be able to see and visit with you again. With love and best wishes for a beautiful Easter and a great summer.

Time for another break. I’m wishing for all a fantastic summer. Love, prayers and peace to all.

Emma Lou Engle, 4801 Clifton Ave., Lorain, OH 44055, (440) 233-7548, emmalouengle@ yahoo.com.

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