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There’s an order to nature and the Lake Leelanau Narrows decrying that maples closest to the water are the  rst to be issued fall color.
They came from Canada. They went back to Canada. In the winter, they put boards over the windows, to keep out the cold, and lived in the dark.”
She herself lived in the house near Provemont Pond when there was only wood heat: no electricity and no indoor plumbing. A pump at the kitchen sink brought water from a hand-dug well. Light burned from kerosene. “We had a chandelier,” she
says, smiling. “It took kerosene.” The chandelier was used on spe-
cial occasions.
“We went to bed when it got dark,”
she says, matter-of-factly. In the early 1900s most of the people in America were farmers and there were many people, like Nancy and Don, who grew up on small farms.
“We didn’t have anything,” she says, “in those times. So, we had
nature. You’re born here. You belong to the soil. There was no TV, all you’ve got is nature, which is maybe whyI’mthewayIam.Iwouldgoout and dig out the pretty little stones in the hills. And when my Uncle Joe died, I would go out and bury stones, as we had buried him. Something simple. God, how I loved that man. He would carry us around. Make ice cream with us.”
The Priests grew up when the wide out-of-doors was their playground. “We just fell in love with the wildlife: deer, muskrat, weasels, foxes, coy- otes, otters. The otters come up out of the water and play. They run around and jump over each other, like kids.”
Don worked for Michigan Bell
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