Oma Sue's Blog
Hi – I’m Sue Reyzlik. I recently realized my life-long dream of building a writing hut in the backyard. The writing hut serves as a creative space and home office for Oma Publishing. This blog will be intermingled with family history, varied experiences and insights on being a Grandma (Oma), creating my special backyard space, as well as, my “retirement” career as a self-publisher of children’s stories. And perhaps a little bit on the 32 years I served as Executive Director for Keep Fremont Beautiful and the wonderful people who are sharing this adventure.
My Mom was one of three girls born to Joe and Lily Green. Her older sister was Roslyn Green who they called "Peg". My Aunt Peg was a real character and funny - oh she was so funny. Her humor included a lot of different elements and sometimes the humor revealed a bit of shocking truth - no topic was off limits. People would laugh and their eyes would raise - they would look at one another and you could almost see the thought bubble above their heads revealing their astonishment "Oh God - she went there".
I looked forward to her visits to Fremont. She hadn't lived here since her marriage in Lincoln. Here husband Carl was a Dentist and had enlisted in the Air Force. After the war they were stationed in England, came back to America and then were sent to Germany before returning to the States and eventually settling in Pennsylvania.
It is my understanding that my Aunt had majored in Journalism and Art at UNL. She raised her children at various places around the world, following her husband as he moved from base to base.
She continued perfecting her artwork and she wrote columns along the way. I didn't pay much attention to her writings - just the letters that she sent to me - they were delightful and encouraging.
After Doc retired, they bought an old - really old - like centuries old house in Middleton, Pennsylvania. As you can imagine, owning a centuries old house has it's challenges - so many challenges.
It wasn't long before she started writing a column for the "Press and Journal" documenting the various challenges and funny occurrences along the way.
I have been going through a bunch of boxes of family memorabilia and found several notebooks of her columns. The columns were cut, folded so nicely and then glued to the paper of the spiral notebooks. Hundreds of columns are preserved in this fashion. Judging by the placement of these spiral notebooks and the other items surrounding the find, it appears that my great Aunt Rose is the one who took the time to catalogue her writings.
I am still going through the columns but it is so interesting (to me at least) that she has a column on reusing and she references her Grandmother Kate Green (my Great Grandma Kate). It gives me such an insight into her relationships with the family and how she viewed growing up in Fremont. She was a world traveler but so much of her writing includes her time spent here in Fremont... It has been fun reflecting on this connection and now I just need to figure out what to share.
The one about the "Monkey Stove" is good, but the one about the "Lobster in the Sump Pump" is so funny and sort of sad... well I need to read some more! Check back tomorrow - I will post something...