Vol.2..Norwegian Farmer’s Son..May 30th

May 30th……….”TELL US, GRANDPA, ABOUT A PIECE OF FURNITURE IN YOUR FARM HOME THAT WAS VERY SPECIAL TO OUR GREAT GRANDMA CLARICE”.

POEM – “For His Best, In Her Hope Chest” by N. Elliott Noorlun

Even Shirley Temple,

In the long, long ago,

Encouraged other maidens,

In love’s way they should go,

In preparing for their journey,

Young love’s most happy quest,

Meant they should place life items,

In a cedar-lined Hope Chest.

Clarice Sletten and Russell Noorlun in their courting days of the late 1930’s.

Clarice and Russ, Had met upon,

Proverbial blind date,

Yet as time played on, Their love was drawn,

To deep love, Each other’s mate.

The lovely cedar Hope Chest of Elliott’s mother, Clarice, is now lovingly cared for by his sister, Candice.

So a Hope Chest was given to store inside,

The gifts that would make their home,

For this cedar-lined chest, Would preserve their treasures,

No matter where they might roam.

With love in full bloom, Mom’s Norwegian groom,

“Popped the question” she yearned to hear,

That she’d be his own, Throughout life’s journey,

And forever she’d be his dear!!!

The gift of a quilt, made by Elliott’s mother before her death in 2017, is still held in loving care within this fragrant, cedar-lined Hope Chest of hers now in the tender care of his sister Candice’s home.

Soon blankets and sheets,

Pillow cases and more,

Were protected by cedar,

Where our mother would store,

Anything and everything,

That a home would hold dear,

At the open of lid,

They were there fresh and near.

Russell and Clarice’s Silver (25th) Wedding Anniversary celebrated in their farm home northwest of Kiester, MInnesota. Clarice’s cedar Hope Chest was still holding her treasures a quarter of a century later since June of 1941.

As their years flew by,

In love’s marriage strong,

We children were born,

As part of love’s song,

And we all reflected,

God had given His best,

In provisions even beyond,

Mom’s Cedar Hope Chest!!! ><>

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