Readers from Small Town America will almost certainly have a de ja vu moment reading this post.
Today is the last full day we’ll spend in Woodland Park for the summer. Since the Friends church in this area is having its annual conference, we didn’t drive into Colorado Springs for church. There is a Nazarene church just across the road from our RV park, so we walked there for their early service. One of the first people who came to talk to us was a woman who introduced herself as Cindy. LeRoy’s first question to people is always either “Where did you grow up?” or “Where do you call home?” Cindy said she grew up around a little town in Kansas. When we asked what town, she said Smith Center! My response was that I grew up just outside of Alton, to which she said that she was really from Gaylord but no one had ever heard of it. Gaylord was one of the schools in our league when I was in school. Unfortunately, neither school survived the consolidation in the late 1960s.
I asked Cindy if she knew the Norris family and she said that one of the daughters was her best friend! To make things even more interesting, Cindy said that her dad had taught in Alton after the war. His name was Ollie Conrad. AND her last name is Eller! One of the girls from Alton married an Eller from Gaylord and she is related by marriage.
The village we call Earth is a small, small world.