November 11th, 2007 § 0
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Much to write, but still decompressing. Meanwhile, our tootling around the Ohio countryside and reminiscing (along with a few requests over the years by Alli to try fishing) inspired our first trial of a local park’s youth fishing pond on Saturday. It takes a strong-stomached Mommy to attempt this with a vegetarian husband and a child who runs at the first sight of anything slimy or flopping, but Alli claims to have had a blast. Note to self: ‘free equipment’ means the rod and worms, and doesn’t include the pliers required to get a hook out of the deep innards of a small catfish that adult fingers cannot pry out. Fortunately the small catfish survived and was released by virtue of the Mommy running around the park with a slimy, flopping fish in her hands to locate a man with pliers. Sorry, no pics of that portion of the day.
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August 1st, 2007 § 2
Adaline Barger Hartman
November 1, 1912 – August 1, 2007
My grandmother was the quintessential matriarch of the Hartman family, through ups and downs (and there were many of both). It is from her above all that I know the meaning of family. She was a pioneer in many ways, and her spirit rang more loudly and resonated more deeply on this earth than most. She was smart and witty, and the most educated, elegant “country folk” I have ever known. She told it like it was, all the time, every time, and she lived her life with a faith and strength of will that I can only aspire to. As a grandmother she was firm but loving. She accepted Andrew as one of her own when he joined the family, and was always up for the challenge of exchanging witty banter with him. She was also a truly doting great grandmother to Alli, who I hope will one day realize how lucky she was to have a few years with her “Great” Gran.
I feel relief that she is at peace and did not suffer too greatly, but am very sad and will miss her deeply. It has been a hard year of loss for us.