Call it a clan. Call it a network. Call it a tribe. Call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
(Jane Howard 1935-1996)
The June 19, 2016 Herald & News noted, ”…the first-ever Father’s Day was in 1910, and celebrated in Spokane, WA”, ironically my father’s hometown. He would have been six years old. I never knew his age when his father abandoned wife, son and daughter.
For all birth-fathers, and fathers-of-the-heart, in our clan, network, tribe, family…
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
On June 18, 2016, during an annual Klamath County Historical Society bus tour, I chatted with Sally Wenz-Etheson. I mentioned the UUFKC’s Pine Grove, “Goodbye Gathering” held June 12th, as the property was in the process of being sold.
Sally, a retired Klamath County teacher, shared the following (all new to me): The county transferred the 1910 two-room school house and property to non-school status when Pine Grove and Henley merged, but used Pine Grove as a community center.
In 1996, our fellowship (then building owner) hosted two reunions for former Pine Grove students and families. Some offspring remembered their parents voting in the “community center”.
Then a family, the Kenslers, lived in the former school house. (Their “ownership” was unknown.) Gordon Kensler, his wife, Barbara, and (maybe) two children lived in and remodeled it. The Kenslers were artists; Gordon was Art Supervisor for the city schools district.
When new to the fellowship, I heard artists had resided in the old school, but little more. That was 1994. The building’s kitchen cabinets took us aback with their very colorful paint combo—cocoa-brown, with orange trim. And they were very tall.
Eventually, UU’s Lynne & Dave LeBlanc replaced the cabinets with wood, at reasonable access; also new kitchen linoleum. Lynne, a county teacher (maybe mid-40’s), claimed she had housemaid hands and knees from scrubbing the WOOD floors of the two former classrooms. In 1994 Lynne, Dave, Phil Studenberg were the youngest UU members; Lou and I were up a rung at 55.
Look at our transition in 2018!!!
On May 20th while learning about, “Beloved Community” with Rev. Sarah Schurr, imagine my surprise when I learned she, too, attended Marylhurst University. I had graduated in 1961, when Marylhurst was a women’s liberal arts Catholic college.
Later, (still a Catholic institution), it transformed to a life-long-learning university. More recently Sarah’s taken theology courses at MU, and was working with the theology department on more ecumenical courses. WOW! Both Sarah and I bemoan the recent announcement of closing Marylhurst, by year’s end.
Once fashionable social entertainment, picnics were a pleasure party, where all partook of a repast out of doors. Participants may bring with them individually the viands and means of entertainment, or the whole may be provided by someone who ‘gives the picnic’.
Echoing the French, let’s PIQUE-NIQUE!! See you JUNE 24th.
Then we’ll regather in September. Enjoy your summer.