A Hospital, A Church, and Clue #1
The first significant bench of my life was anchored on the grounds of a Hospital near the lake front in Chicago where my mother gave birth to my sister Bernice. I and two of my younger sisters were placed on the bench and told not to get off of it and not to talk to anyone while our dad went to visit our mom. He told us he would be able to see us from the window of the room my mother was in and that we could wave to our mother. It was November. It was cold. I was five years old. There were too many windows and I thought our dad forgot us.
K.M. of Chicago
(P.S. He did not forget.)
I painted this bench located in our “Memorial Garden” lavender. Located at our church, it gives visitors a place to meditate, contemplate, and pray. Lavender makes it a bright spot in the garden.
M.W of Michigan
Clue #14 “Bravo for Benches” Laflin Family Scavenger Hunt
Worth 50 points. On property owned by the famous and most-loved captain in the Holland community whose business attracts thousands (maybe millions) each summer.
“My team would not let me even stop and get ice cream. They said the lines were too long!”
J. M. of Colorado
(His team finished first for most points scored! I promised J.M. I’d buy him ice cream at Captain Sundae’s next time he is in town. Did I mention my family is a bit competitive?!)
Do you have a favorite bench story? Please send it my way! And thanks for noticing benches. And where there is a shortage.
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