Here at CQ, we're always happy to hear from our readers. Most of the reader feedback we receive is via email or on social media, so my interest was piqued when a large, hand-addressed envelope arrived recently via actual snail mail. Even more intriguing was the fact that it was marked as a poetry submission—HB doesn't publish poetry! What could this be?
Well, get out your tissues, because it was probably the sweetest reader letter we've ever gotten. It seems a story in our July/August issue, "Your Garage Can Become a Getaway," held special meaning to a family in Minnesota. The story sparked a text chain among Linda Lang and her siblings reminiscing about their late mother, Angeline Anderson (pictured above). And it must have been some text chain, as Linda has nine siblings: Gloria, Donald, Shirley, David, Judy, Tom, Nancy, Rick, and Kathy. They concluded that their mother was certainly ahead of her time, as Angeline had turned a room attached to the family garage into her own backyard getaway back in 1991, at the age of 74. And guess what she'd named it? The "Get A Way."
Angeline decorated her Get A Way with memorabilia and items from her life, such as a beloved spoked clock, metal peacock sculptures, and family photos. "She loved to invite guests to sit and visit with her in the Get A Way," Linda says. "It was a peaceful place for her to go where she could reminisce, whether alone or with others, or write about the past."
That's where the poetry comes in: Angeline wrote a lovely poem there, appropriately called "My 'Get A Way,'" which Linda shared in her letter. She also wrote a memoir there, which she made bound copies of to share with family members. She references it in her poem, as well as her many children: I'll concentrate in my Get A Way, For I have one long story. 'You're going to tell it all,' you say. It is for you, my loves, not for fame and glory... I'll sum it all up for you today, For I was ten times "blest." That's why I'm happy in my Get A Way, I think I was chosen over all the rest.
Though Angeline passed away in 2015 at the age of 98, HB is thrilled to have helped keep her memory alive. Every home should have a Get A Way that's this special!
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