You are a gifted writer and painter, and I thank you for sharing these gifts with us this Christmas. Love the childhood picture, too! I really enjoyed your family history story. I could picture the rows of jars and smell the earthy aroma of that cellar, and I could taste the crisp sweetness of those wonderful apples!
My best achievement this year has been maintaining a high grade point average at school, setting an example for my son. He graduates from high school, and I will graduate from college about the same time in spring.
Jeremy I loved your story; a life like that seems more than a lifetime ago.
I am thrilled that Hetty's Joy counts as your major achievement this year and that I could contribute in a small way to its birth.
My major achievement for this year has to be the continued help (through diligent fundraising) I was able to provide to a young family whom I met by chance last year. Briefly: the father has leukemia and the family is criippled with medical bills. They have managed to keep the wolf from their door with the assistance and generosity of many in the gardening communities on the web.
I always enjoy your stories, Jeremy. The painting shown was beautiful, I would love to see more of your work.
I, too, have sat on a wooden seat precariously over that stinking cesspool below. Though I was lucky enough to have actual toilet paper ;) I do remember the cold breeze from below in the winter, brrrr!!! There's nothing like it. In my childhood did plenty of creek running, catching minnows, crawdads, and other critters for inspection. What fun that was. As we've talked about before, Jeremy, my husband was born and raised very close to where you were, in the same county. So he too has some of the same memories and experiences. His family lived from the garden, had large families, and large get togethers at his grandparents house every Sunday after church. Coming from a small family myself these get togethers can be a little overwhelming but fun, too :) Every Sunday is like a family reunion.
My 2007 highlight would be the volunteer work I've done for the WV National Guard Families. I've been to deployments where my friend and I set up a kid care room to keep an eye on the little ones while Mom and Dad were busy taking care of paperwork. And have been to troop arrivals where the tears flowed and smiles abounded, my own included, wouldn't have missed either for the world. To top those I was a volunteer at the WV Natl Guard Kids Kamp last summer which was my first year and a great joy that I'm so looking forward to repeating in 2008. At the end of the week the camp director asked how many kids had a family member who was deployed, would soon be deployed or had just returned from deployment and the hands raised just floored me! 3/4 or more of the 200 kids there raised their hands. I am so appreciative of our troops and all they do for their country. They do what we don't even want to think about all in the name of freedom and democracy. I know the sacrifices they and their families make daily, everyone should do what they can for the troops. You don't have to believe in the war to support the troops, they can only do what they're told.
Jeremy, thank you for sharing your memories and experiences from your childhood. I wonder if dh or myself have ever had one of your, however many greats, granddaddys' apples. That would sure enough be a treat. Happy Holidays to you Jeremy, hope you have a better emotional year in 2008. I hope that for myself, also.
Jeremy, a wonderful walk down the roads of memory with you and your family. A gentle reminder to us all of what is truly important - to keep our loved ones close whether in our arms or our hearts, and to always value the experiences that made us who we are.
Jeremy I was thinking of you yesterday as Jon and Teri left for JAX.
Low and behold I run into this touching Tale.
Thank you Sir... for sharing it and in such marvelous fashion!
I knew you were a talented Artist ... but you might just be a better Yarn Spinner! ;-)
Have a Wonderful Christmas my Friend and an even better New Year!
Jeremy - you are so gifted and such a wonderful, caring, sharing person.
I enjoyed reading your story as it brought back memories of past experiences with my family and how the "little things" back then were so important. It's somewhat sad on how commercialized and materialistic society has become.
I have tried in 2007 and will continue in 2008 to "go back" somewhat and try to recondition myself take the time to treasure and appreciate the moments and the little things in life that go unnoticed.
My friend, I hope you had a good Christmas and I wish you the very best for the coming year. May God bless and Thank you.
Thanks, all, for your kind comments and for sharing some of your own "Christmas Apples" of your achievements this past year. Gardeners, I think, are probably the most giving and generous people, possibly because we know we can turn dirt into useful commodities and understand the giving and receiving cycles of Nature.
It is wonderful to have made so many good friends, such as you, in my few years of being a part of Dave's Garden. In many ways, for me, our community here is much like the community into which I was born. It's very incredible that we can now use computers to form bonds that were made, just a generation ago, only by being next door neighbors.
I do look forward to a bright and prosperous year ahead for us all! Keep up the great work!
Thank you Jeremy for sharing so much of yourself, not only in this article, but throughout the time you've spent on Daves. Driving to Jacksonville to meet you this year was a highpoint of the year, and we hope to do it again in 2008.
Your memories your childhood brought back such fond memories of mine. It is so nice to have a childhood filled with plants. I hope to give that to my grandchildren as well.
Wishing you and Christine a wonderful holiday filled with love and peace!