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By Erin Schwager

Personal Essay: The house that built a family


December 24, 2020

Erin Schwager

Home for the holidays • Jim and Gladys Fink, of Orchard, display a Christmas tree, donated by Glen and Tammy Cheatum. The Finks lost their home and all possessions in a Nov. 4 fire. Members of St. Peter Lutheran Church, in Orchard, donated the tree trimmings.

This August, I was extremely excited to get back to college and start making up for the memories lost during the pandemic at my first year of college.

The day before I left, I went to tell my grandparents goodbye. My grandpa Jim Fink, 81, hugged me extra tight as he joked about staying away from boys. Then my grandma Gladys, 87, followed me out the door, gave me multiple hugs, as tears began to roll off her cheeks.

"I just hope you know how proud your grandpa and I are of you."

While both my parents worked, my grandparents watched me from the time I was a baby until I became old enough...

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