John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
When spring finally arrives, it will wonderful to be outdoors again. You will be able to walk through any of our parks. Softball and tennis will become active again. Basketball and volleyball will also become active outdoors again. You may want to plant a small garden at your home. Either plants of food or flowers to enjoy will be ideal for you. My dad used to build a small flower box in the yard and cover it with a storm window to keep the plants warm and allow for plenty of sun. When it got warm outside again, he would transplant these plants to our garden to get an early start. My dad had a green thumb and knew how to work with plants and keep them alive with vigor. Very few of his plants died. Many memories of the past still come to me, even though my dad died in 1962. He was 52 years old when he passed away.
Maybe you can remember your past years. There are some wonderful memories as well as some sad ones. Time moves on, and we take over what our parents began many years ago. Take the time to enjoy your children before they are all grown up. The older people that we have known from our past are being replaced by us. Our children are calling us the old folks now. The actions of today will become the memories of tomorrow. Have a wonderful productive life with your family and friends.
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