Tag: ancestors

The Way of Things

I remember this, my last conversation with Papa. He, trying to alleviate our pain. But I heard, through his bravado the saddened beat of my heart submerged in deep water no knowledge of how to stay afloat grief no words could express He said,…

A Priceless Photo

For my mom, on the right, having family over on Sundays took the sting out of being an only child. (photo taken in the early 1930’s) No doubt, after the women made a hearty lunch, the men drank homemade German beer and smoked cigars…

The Emigrant’s Legacy

Strong hands once built a structure in 1889 Ancestors who worked endlessly in an old, unsettled time.   And now, tis I who benefits a creation made of stone this house, a loving bounty and a place I call “my own”.   Author’s note:…

Das ist Gut

In the 1840’s my¬†great-great grandparents forged their way from Germany to Texas to escape oppression. I picture my Great-great grandfather finding this location, plunking up a handful of rich soil and saying “Das ist Gut” (this is good). It was here, in the Texas…