The Humble Foot Stool
The summer LV was 12 she came on one of her visits. As she was helping prepare vegetables for canning she mentioned how it would be nice to have a little foot stool for her feet to keep the bowls from wanting to slide off her lap. LV promptly went to pick through their limited resources and found some wood scraps.
Using them he made the perfect little bench/foot stool for her. She got him to sign it on the bottom, and after her visit was over she took it along home with her.
She passed away soon after we were married and when her children got together to divide her things the little foot stool was still there. They all agreed that LV should get it since he was the one that made it. It is one of the most used things in our house. All four children used it daily when they were younger. Sharon will still use it when putting away dishes, and Steven has it as his regular perch to wash his hands. It’s beginning to show a little wear after all these years, but we still look forward to getting many more years of use out of it.
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Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. She met and married her husband, whom she knew from school days and started a family. After they chose to leave the Amish church, Mary Ann began a blog, A Joyful Chaos, as a way to capture her warm memories of her childhood for her own children. From the start, this blog found a ready audience and even captured the attention of key media players, such as the influential blog AmishAmerica and the New York Times. She lives in Pennsylvania.