These insightful words come from Emily Wierenga’s memoir, Atlas Girl. I was privileged to be part of Emily’s launch team and won the map necklace pictured above with my grandfather’s clock & photos of my grandmother, father, mother and aunt. This lovely piece was created by Kashoan Ward at KraftyKash.
Kashoan can fashion special words, letters, Bible verses, quotes or vintage maps into necklaces and bracelets. (Click on the photo below left for a close up view of my necklace.)
For the subject of my map necklace, I chose my hometown—Kinderhook, New York, in the Hudson River Valley.
- Kinderhook’s the kind of place that still holds band concerts in the village green on hot summer nights.
- On Christmas Eve, the village Santas (volunteer firemen dressed in Santa suits) deliver gifts to every child in town.
- At one point during my childhood, every aunt, uncle and cousin on both sides of my family lived in Kinderhook.
- And I can’t say enough about our beautiful Catskill Mountains. They’re a heart-lifting view even on the gloomiest of days!
- Plus, Kinderhook is historic. It was named by Hendrick Hudson—it’s Dutch for children’s corner.
- And it’s the birthplace of Martin Van Buren, 8th Pres of the USA.
- The story goes that MVB coined the phrase OK from Old Kinderhook.
- Washington Irving was also a frequent visitor back in the day.
- So the name of the school from which I graduated is Ichabod Crane High School & the mascot is the Rider.
I left home & stayed away for about ten years before something drew me back. Now I live just south of my hometown but attend church there very Sunday.
If you’re ever up this way, be sure to stop by for real. I’d love to give you a tour!
Thanks for the blog visit! Blessings, friends!
****To learn more about Atlas Girl, CLICK HERE!