Saturday, March 16, 2013

 
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3/16/2013 Weekend Writing Warrior
I am continuing my family story of my great-grandparents, August and Auguste Schumann. They lost 3 children to Diphtheria this past summer. It has been a hard year.

"The year-end passed in the blustery cold. November, December….no gifts for Christmas this year but Auguste did a special job of patching the shirt of August.  She sewed a tiny heart on it in a place that would not be seen by others, but he would see it every time he buttoned the shirt.  He was her special sunshine of life when little of her life had any sunshine. He, in turn, wove a lovely little grass basket for her sewing.  January came with the wind whipping the snow. February had Auguste feeling that life dragged her down with every step. The little one inside her was moving a lot now and keeping her awake at night. She had made arrangements with the sister of August to help her at the time of birth, but could she make it here through the deep snow?"

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11 comments:

  1. I love the secret heart sewn into his shirt. It's touching and unique!

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    1. During years of poverty, people needed to be resourceful.

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  2. This tugs at my heartstrings. A little message of love sewn on his shirt. Wonderful.

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  3. This just gets more intense every week! Great job!

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    1. I am so honored to have you reading this!

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  4. Oh my, Carol, this: "...but could she make it here through the deep snow?" Make me ask myself, how much more tragedy can they take?

    They were tough people--the things they survived! And not only survive, but they thrived!

    This will be a beautiful gift for your family when you are one! :-)

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  5. Teresa, all of our families went through many difficult times. They can be an inspiration to us when we think that we have it tough.

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  6. Love, love, love this little gift-giving exchange; so sweet, so moving, so devotional. Great story of a tight couple pulling through tough times.

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  7. I love the sweetness of her sewing the heart into the shirt. It's a very poignant scene. Great snippet :)

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