Esther a.k.a, my mother, took me to the Society of Friends meeting house to watch the neighboring Quaker ladies do their thing. At age five I was quick to get back to playing cowboys and Indians with my cap pistol. Although there were only 70 citizens in Valley Mills, Indiana the quilting bee gathering was an example of Tocqueville’s definition of America’s success: “associations of like-minded individuals.”
Tommy and Suzie sharing the spotlight with Esther's legs in the side yard of our home on Thompson Road, Valley Mills, IN. 1948.