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_____________________________________ go back to the good ol' days of one-room school houses and life at a much slower pace. I used to love to sit and listen as my dad would tell me stories of the Hickory Grove School (near the corner of Highway 140 and Creek Rd near Clinton, Wisconsin), and his own experiences of attending a one-room school house...

Which is why I enjoyed today's story by RoseMary Salzman so much. I'm sure you will too!




A Jewel From the Past

By RoseMary Salzman

Digging in my garden, I work with the sweet smelling soil. What is this? I turn up a marble!

I clean it off with my worn work glove, shine it up a bit and peer at it closely. It is an opaque orb, with a green stripe, obviously very old, as children have not attended school here for the past 40 years!

You see, I live in an old one-roomed schoolhouse. It was built in 1884. What a treasure I have! The joy and beauty of turning up a child's memory is like striking gold or seeing a living memory from the past. I am really excited!!

Later, as I sit in my yard swing, I hold the small jewel carefully in my hand. It feels warm as I wrap my fingers around it. My thoughts go back to school days of a bygone era. Who was the child that played "for keeps" in this yard, or jumped rope on the hardened surface of the playground? Did they sit under these
century old oak trees and "tell secrets" as I did when I was a child?

I hear their happy laughing voices, as I close my eyes and dream. I hear the boys shouting as their game of "ball" heats up with a close score! I hear the school bell ringing as the teacher gathers her charges, big and small, back to their desks.

Sometimes as I walk under the trees, or wander into the nearby woods, I "feel" the presence of these young students. As I sit in my "gathering room," I hear the scuffling of shoes on the hardwood floors or the sniffle of a little nose. I smell wax of broken crayons and the warm smell of wet mittens drying on the black pot bellied stove.

I love my little schoolhouse! Yes, it's mine...for now! Living in this old treasure, I feel I am here to care and preserve not only the building and grounds, but the memories that whisper through the many tall antique glass panes, into the loft, up and over the arched ceiling and down around my comfortable chair.

How blessed I feel! As I work in the yard, continuing to look for small treasures of yesterday, I thank my Lord for giving me this hallowed place to live.

RoseMary Salzman

Send RoseMary an e-mail me and let her know what you thought of her story!

Copyright 2001 by RoseMary Salzman, all Rights Reserved


RoseMary and her husband purchased this "memory maker" nine years ago, and have turned it into a warm and loving home, filled with books, warmth, memories of long ago dreams and now, new memories of their own. She has had her stories published on several web sites, her local state park newspaper, and has a story published in the Heartwarmers book.


Q: How does a home schooler change a light bulb?

A: First, Mom checks three books on electricity out of the
library, then the kids make models of light bulbs, read a
biography of Thomas Edison and do a skit based on his
life. Next, everyone studies the history of lighting
methods, wrapping up with dipping their own candles. Next,
everyone takes a trip to the store where they compare
types of light bulbs as well as prices and figure out how
much change they'll get if they buy two bulbs for $1.99
and pay with a five dollar bill. On the way home, a
discussion develops over the history of money and also
Abraham Lincoln, as his picture is on the five dollar
bill. Finally, after building a homemade ladder out of
branches dragged from the woods, the light bulb is
installed. And there is light.


Thought For The Day:

"Man who waits for roast duck to fly into mouth must wait very, very long time." --Chinese Proverb

Verse for the Day:

"The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is weary of bringing it to his  mouth again." --Proverbs 26:15

Kid's Thought For The Day:

"Forget the cake! Go straight for the icing!"

Parent's Thought For The Day:

"To be in your children's memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today."

Coach's Thought For The Day:

"We can't win at home. We can't win on the road. As general manager, I just can't figure out where else to play." --Pat Williams, Orlando Magic general manager, on his team's 7-27 record, 1992.

Writer's Thougth For The Day:

"Your reader and your subject deserve the very best you have to give, every day, every paragraph, sentence and word. " --Steven Bach

Deep Thought For The Day:

"You love Jesus Christ only as much as the person you love the least."


Inspired Audio -- Inspirational Audio Message of the Week!

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This Week: "Recycling My Pain" by Jeff Williams



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Silverhill, AL

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