April 20th…“DID YOU EVER WRITE SOMETHING THAT YOU WERE REALLY PROUD OF?”
It was 1968 and I was a youngster of 14 years in our new land of Washington State. Being inspired in reading the “Boy’s Life” magazine, I then decided to join the local Boy Scout Troop 344 in our town of Battle Ground, Washington. Our Scout Master gave us all an assignment to write an article about scouting for the local newspaper called “The Reflector”. I was greatly honored when he selected my article above my other fellow scouts and submitted it to the newspaper for publication. Within the week, I saw my first (and only) published writing appear in print for the whole town to see and read. The newspaper staff even embellished the article by including a line drawing of a Scout in uniform crouched at a campfire while cooking. T’was a proud moment for this Norwegian Farmer’s Son.
I may be only one oat seed in a field of millions, yet I have a story to share of beginnings on our beloved farm in southern Minnesota and beyond to life as I've seen it to this point. Famous? No. Gifted? Unlikely. Yet, I want to leave a legacy to my children and grandchildren of who this gentle Norwegian man was. My happy times, sad times, successes and failures. Someday, those who are tiny now, will have this volume to come to and get to know this Norwegian Farmer's Son.
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