The squeaking steps and constant action of Morris’ home in Canton was more than welcomed. Those of you who know Morris, know that we were in great company. Morris and his friend Dan showed us the McKinley National Memorial where many local sports teams go to train by running up the steps that lead to memorial.
We left shortly for Tallmadge, to interview and stay with Helen Ward. Helen is the aunt (or second cousin) of a dear friend Joanne Garde, a Messiah grad (05). Helen took us around Akron, OH, which is so rich in history! It is the rubber capital of the world and the home of Quaker Oats. We visited the oats silo which was transformed into a….–wait for it — Hotel!! Brilliance I tell you. We saw a little of Tallmadge as well.
My body is telling me to get to bed, but my mind is racing. I am feeling and thinking so many things. Mostly, I feel a huge sense of gratitude for the old friends and new friends who have opened their homes to us and been so gracious and generous. I have especially enjoyed our interview with Helen who is originally from Zimbabwe –she is so full of life and has been so open in sharing her life with us. Along with the other women, I am learning so many things, be it how to skip stones, or how adults know and view things differently from us 20 some year olds or what the no zone is or how I need to be more patient and selfless. Mostly, I just want to turn all strangers into neighbors and love them like I am being loved.