Josh Horman, my oldest grandson, graduated from high school this weekend and is headed off to college in the fall. It’s been fun to watch him grow up, to attend his basketball games from the time he was a little shaver until he was part of his varsity H.S. team, to see him for the first time in football pads that made him look like a little triangle, and then, a few years later, watch him run back a kickoff for a touchdown on his varsity H.S. team.
Josh also helped with our garden at the farm. From the time when he was but a little kid, he helped plant the pumpkins and then harvest them in the fall, picking out the biggest one for his own special jack-o-lantern.
But what I remember most about Josh is how he would listen to my many tales about our farm, and then I would hear him repeat them to his little Colorado cousins, with considerable embellishment—sometimes well beyond embellishment. Such as a story about how the Indians did battle with the pioneers in the back fields of our farm in the early days, and how monsters were likely to live where the terminal moraine and the biological tension zone intersected at our farm.
Congratulations, Josh. Keep the stories coming.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Hard to beat a good story, doesn’t matter if it’s true or not.
CHECK THIS OUT: Central Wisconsin launch and fundraiser for Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose, Wisconsin, June 24, 6:30 p.m. Campfires and Loon Calls.
June 24, 6:30 p.m. Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose, WI. Fundraiser featuring Campfires and Loon calls.
June 28, 5-7 p.m. Fitger’s Bookstore, Duluth, MN. Book signing, Campfires and Loon Calls.
June 29, 2-4 p.m. Cherry St. Books, Alexandria, MN. Book signing, Campfires and Loon Calls.
July 6, 6:00 p.m. Chilton Library, Chilton, WI Campfires and Loon Calls
July 10, 11-2:00 Pickle Station, Saxeville, WI. Book signing.
July 26, Noon, Wis Historical Society Museum, on the Square, Madison, WI. Ringling Bros. Circus.
July 31-August 6, Writing Workshop, The Clearing, Door County.