Pat Shingleton: "Homemade Bread and Mom"
The Connoquenessing River may be a hundred yards wide at most locations. By definition it is a river while many in Beaver and Lawrence Counties in Western Pennsylvania refer to it as a creek. Olde Stone Wall Golf is adjacent to the river. As kids, we would hike in the hills surrounding the Connoquenessing. One of the strictest rules meted out from our mother was, “Younz boys are not allowed to swim in that ‘crick,’ it’s too dangerous.” During her younger years there was a stretch of the river called Huber’s beach where she and her friends would safely swim. At this location in 1936 she rescued a young boy on the verge of drowning. Our Mom, Shirley Price Shingleton, entered the Heavenly Kingdom last November so a few stories as she was known as Aunt Shirley and Grandma Shirley. During the summer months she carried-out the directives of my dad before he went to work. At sunrise, it was chores, giving us the afternoon for sports-related activities or trips to the pool. In Autumn, leaves were raked and piled on the garden. With snow-pants, and her home-made stocking hats, we could hardly move during the snowy winters. Springtime was spring-cleaning, from the basement to the attic. What I miss most is the smell and taste of homemade bread that occurred at least twice a week. . She taught us the importance of prayer, work, study, physical exercise, eating and sleep.