Thursday, June 28, 2007


I have added my sister Janna's Veterans History Project link to my blog. I am so proud of her work.
It is a wonderful place to spend a few hours reading about some ordinary people who have extraordinary stories. The veterans stories are very moving, and I am glad she is gathering these life defining stories. She also includes civilian memories. Look to the Dutch girl who was in a concentration camp in Sumatra and the Japanese American man who was in an internment camp.
Within my father's history (Leroy Dykstra), she includes my mother's (Henrietta Scholten Dykstra).
Growing up, I remember being secretly pleased that we had very modern parents compared to our relatives and friends. My mother wore blue jeans, even in the 1950s, we had pizza in the early 60s (albeit with hot dogs on top!).
Mom was a telephone operator until my older sister was born, and I remember being pleased she had at one time held a "real job". I love this picture.
She continues to be a wonderful role model to her daughters in her creativity, faith, and compassion.


Finn said...

Hi Lynn, what a lovely post and great tribute to your mom. You are so lucky to still have in the lives of yourself and your children.
And I love the idea of your sisters veterns project. There are so many of us on this earth, it's to believe that any one of us is really significant. That can change, tho, if someone bears witness to our life and to our story. It says "I was here, remember me". I'll check out her report. Hugs, Finn

Karen said...

What a wonderful picture of your mom and that switchboard. What a beautiful smile!