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Ten Years Ago

August 18, 2010 - Jane Whitmore

Over the weekend I was getting gas for the lawnmower. A car pulled up in the next space and a young acquaintance got out to put gas in his vehicle. He was on his way to his ten-year class reunion.
“Time really flies,” he said.
What was happening in your life ten years ago?
Ten years ago I cared for my granddaughters for the summer. Samantha was 7 and Nicole was 5. It was quite an adventure, and fortunately we had the world’s best babysitter.
These two little girls had the opportunity to do many things in rural Iowa that they would never have experienced in the city.
To mention a few things, they participated in the summer reading program at the library, the Junior Naturalist Program at Kearney Park, the Junior Cheer Camp, swimming lessons at the Wellness Center and they showed sheep at the County Fair. As I said, we had the world’s best babysitter.
Samantha participated in junior golf and played in her first tournament here. This year she is captain of her high school golf team in Texas.
We attended all of the community celebrations that summer. At Ayrshire the girls rode horses and got soaking wet on a team with the fire hose. At Cylinder they played games in the park and Nicole came home with a pocket full of fireflies. At Rodman their uncle bought them presents at the Hillbilly Auction. At Bully Bullhead Day, they rode the train from Ruthven to Spencer and back. On the Fourth of July they played games in the parks at Emmetsburg and West Bend. And they walked among the small airplanes at the Flight Breakfast.
On our first outing to Five Island Lake, Nicole asked, “Are there jellyfish in there?” Our lake is a lot safer than a trip to the shore.
By the end of summer, as we were driving, Nicole said, “I’m tired of seeing green. I want to see some buildings.” She is still a city kid.
A lot of these memories are packed into the pages of a three-ring binder filled with photos from the summer of 2000. Samantha and Nicole formed friendships in Iowa that will not be forgotten.
Ten years late, Samantha will be a senior in high school and Nicole is a junior. Time really does fly!
 That was the summer of a lifetime. Where else but a friendly, small town could two little city girls have had so much fun at such a variety of events?
-- “Grammy”?Jane Whitmore


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