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Book review: Take a trip down memory lane with local author

By Sister Jean Peerenboom

This is My Story … Growing Up On The Farm by Holy Cross parishioner Norb Jadin ($16.95)

Oh to go back to a simpler time before technology ruled our lives. Norb Jadin offers such an escape in This is My Story … Growing Up On The Farm.

It may not be “Little House on the Prairie,” but this local author will make you think of that as he talks about his first 10 years – before electricity, telephones, mega-grocery stores, washers and dryers, and automatic milking machines.

Nine years in the making, the book began as a gift for his grandchildren. How nice that he decided to share it with the rest of us. It is a collection of memories that will leave most readers feeling nostalgic for days gone by.

Jadin takes us back to the days of outhouses, gardens, backyard wells and root cellars. Back to a time when doctors made house calls and kids attended one-room country schools. Remember homemade bread, the Watkins salesman, Victory gardens and air raid warnings, the barter system, dandelion wine and head cheese?

OK, maybe it wasn’t all good, but you get the idea. Jadin recaptures life of the 1930s in the small towns of Humboldt, Champion, New Franken, Luxemburg and Bay Settlement. He talks about Belgian trippe, Belgian pies and even Belgian waffles (the real ones). Life may have been hard, but people worked hard and could laugh about it.

The short book – only 123 pages – left me appreciating what farmers go through and feeling nostalgic, but also glad that today my milk comes in cartons and my chicken in a package.

The book is available locally at Bosse’s Newstore in Green Bay.

Sister Jean Peerenboom is the former religion/books editor from the Green Bay Press Gazette. Sister Jean is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross. She writes a monthly book review for the Holy Cross Family Blogspot.

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