Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

June 3, 2014

PATCHES OF LIFE: Nuts and books

CROSSVILLE — “Who do I know in California?” I held the personally addressed letter in my hand. The writer started out by saying she hoped I was the right Bev Schwind. Her daughter had found my address from Google. I was curious.

Dianne lived next door to Jim and me when we lived in his dad’s house in Ohio. Jim remembered the family, but neither of us remembered this youngest member. Perhaps because I was a new mother and was fully engrossed in our young daughter. I remember hanging those curtity diapers on the line in all kinds of weather and waving to the children next door.

Anyways, Dianne remembered us. Her letter was a thank you letter for things we had done when she was probably seven. She told of her red bike that was broken and how Jim took parts of another bike and fixed it for her. She said she loved that red bike and it made her so happy that he fixed it so she could ride. He did not remember, but he has repaired many things over the course of his life.

She wanted to thank me for helping her make a birthday cake for her mother. I did not remember this, but I recall a good wife made a cake from scratch. Box cakes were not a part of my life at this time. Dianne thanked me for being so nice. She asked about our life and hoped I would write. She did not use the computer. Her letter blessed Jim and I. 

This made me think about people that had done special things for me. Maybe as a child, I never realized how much it meant to me until I grew older. It may not be too late to say "thank you." Sometimes, things we just do mean a lot to someone and we don’t even realize it.

She told me they had an almond business and I could look it up on the computer. I put in Roche Almonds and read about the international almond business her family owns. Her mother-in law started the business in her barn and it is now huge. I told her she could read about Jim and the JVS Garage Door business he started in Ohio. This was also started in our garage and is now into the third generation of family.

We continue to correspond with the "snail mail" letters. It has been fun to reconnect with a neighbor from the past. 

I am mailing Dianne some of my books and am looking forward to my fresh almonds.

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