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Tales from the old-timer

Angela’s Old Home Nostalgia

Any young person raised in a happy place, then having to leave when the family moves has these sometimes sad reveries about the old home. I have been writing this Old Timer column for more than 20 years without praising our children or grandchildren, but I can’t hold back forever.

Our daughter, Jane, and her husband, Mike Martin, both worked at the Marinette Kimberly Clark Paper Mill. They transferred to a Kimberly Clark plant in Bixby, Oklahoma about ten years ago, and our grandson, Sam, and granddaughter, Angela, left only memories behind. Our granddaughter, Angela, now a university student in Tulsa, has fond memories of their old home off Hwy. 180 in the Town of Porterfield, right on the bank of the Menominee River.

She wrote this poem that gathers her fond memories of that lost place of happiness.



Where I’m From - by Angela Martin



I am from cat tails

And cheese heads,

(Favre as a second god to all),

I am from snow 4 feet deep,

And Friday nights spent

On the pontoon boat,

Down the river for a fish fry.

I am from “Yah-hey” and

Drawn-out “O’s,

normal to me.



I am from the lilac bush that grew

Outside my window

And a river for a back-yard.

I am from grandparents like the movies,

(Grandpa’s crazy and

Grandma’s famous waffles).

I am from a private Catholic school,

30 kids to a grade,

I am from the tree house

In the front yard,

(From which I fell annually)



I am from rowdy Christmas mornings,

Not Til Mom has had her coffee.

I am from the first new bike, pink, of course,

Reluctant to have the training wheels

(As much as they were needed).

I am from an older brother to be compared to

(I rarely measured up).

I am from a dog with a butterfly mark

In brown hair on her side

And pet cats that seemed to appear

Out of nowhere.



I am from Wisconsin

And that is what makes me, me!


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