November 7 is special



November 7 is a special day.  When I was 15 years old I learned that it was Rhoda Krady’s birthday. We learned to know each other when we were both sophomores at Eastern Mennonite School.  But for her junior year she helped start the Lancaster Mennonite High School and I was still enrolled at EMS.

In my mind, none of my fellow class mates matched her so I wrote my first letter to her in time to arrive on her sixteenth birthday.  Many letters were to follow.  At first we exchanged letters every other week.  Letters flowed from Harrisonburg, Va., Chambersburg, Pa., Grottoes, Va., North Fork, Ca., Gulfport, Miss.  By the time my letters were sent from California our letters were written and sent every day.

Rhoda was known by many in Tampa as Sister Lehman.  This website and Facebook has enticed many of them to come forward and make themselves known. I am grateful.

For the past several days I have combed through the multitude of pictures on my computer and sorted out those which show Rhoda’s life in sequence.  Click on this link and you should be able to view them in a slideshow.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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2 Responses to November 7 is special

  1. Miriam says:

    Yes. Putting together that slide show was definitely worth your time, Martin. Beautiful.

  2. Marilyn Slabach says:

    I agree, Miriam. What a good photo of you both wearing cowboy hats. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and wisdom here. It enhances my life here in Naples.

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