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Opening pages of editor's commentary,
"Of Roots and Wings"
for a photo, obituary, and eulogies
of Margie's son Joe (1965-2016).
THE LETTERS OF
MARGIE WESTHUES BOSCHERT
TO HER YOUNGER BROTHER
Edited, with commentary by Kenneth
Waterloo, Ont.: K & A Westhues, Publishers,
vi + 309 pp., 22 chapters, frontispiece, paperback, 1993. ISBN 0-9696210-1-9
This title is out of print. Copies are available in various public
libraries, especially in Missouri.
November 15, 1963. I'm sure you
tire of my advising you and asserting my feelings. I hope you never
consider my ideas cockeyed. As we grow older into adults, I pray we
are not just brother and sister, but friends in sharing ideas and
- September 30, 1964. I honestly believe I have our
little Joe. He's not as active as Judy was and the doctor says the heartbeat
points to a boy. Even after bearing two children I am bewildered and
overwhelmed at the mystery of life. In this one respect I feel we women
have a superiority over you men. Being a mother is to me the most unexplainable
joy a person can experience.
- February 2, 1968. I fear our conversation Monday
night left you with the impression I am down on sociology. You know,
I've concuded that we are lucky, the chosen few. Mom taught us the beauty
of a sunset and the total security of love. So many people don't have
anything to hang onto except what the authorities of such studies as
you're doing offer them.
- May 25, 1979. The lessons of life don't come easy.
We get cut down by everyone, ourselves included, until the only stable
thing within us is the love that conquers all. The one unmistakeable
thing about any moment of joy we find in life is the knowledge that
we are loved—first by others, but then through them we are able
to love ourselves.
- June 15, 1992. I don't feel I am who I was intended
to be. I could always envision myself in the country, birthing calves,
fixing fence, wearing overalls. Then having schoolchildren and disabled
people come visit when the chickens hatched. I wanted to make trails
through the property and invite anyone and everyone to walk them whenever
they felt the need.