Archive for Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

February 4, 2004

"Our winters and snow storms are sure not what they used to be" Agnes Kissinger said the other day, then tells of an experience she's never forgotten. They lived in western Kansas, in Ellis County, where sudden storms could come with no warning. So there was a rule in the event of a storm, "Keep the kids safe at school, regardless."

However, that day the teacher, when just a few flakes began to fall, released the children with firm instructions to "Go straight home."

Agnes continued, "There were four of us, the youngest, my little brother was just in the primer (first grade) and I was the oldest. The snow got heavy so fast and we had two miles to walk. My little brother was crying.

We came to a field full of shocks of corn fodder and my brother just younger than I decided to take shelter in them. We got the younger ones tucked back into the shock and we were all snuggled inside when we heard dad's shrill whistle and his calls to us. He had found an empty school house, no teacher, no kids and headed back home."

She told how excited they were and glad to hear his voice and how happy he was when they came running through the heavy blizzard. I'll never forget how he hugged us all, making sure we were all OK. The school board had a special meeting as the teacher had broken a hard and fast rule. All of the parents were very worried and upset, "I think she got fired over it."

This all happened in western Kansas, where they can and still do have severe winter storms. In those days there was, of course, no television, no constant surveillance or weather reports. Storms could and did drop out of the sky, so to speak.

-- Aunt Norie, P.0. Box 265, Tonganoxie, 66086

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