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Follow Me, Boys!

If you’re ever in the mood for a charming Disney movie about small town America in the 1930’s, especially if you have any grade-school aged boys or budding Boy Scouts in tow, you might really enjoy watching Follow Me, Boys When our boys were growing up, they loved all the old Disney movies with Fred MacMurray, like The Happiest Millionaire, The Absent-Minded Professor, and The Shaggy Dog. They were family “cult classics” that got watched repeatedly.  We also had a lot of laughs over the Disney movies starring Kurt Russell like The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit, Now You See Him Now You Don’t, and The Barefoot Executive. By the way, did you know that Walt Disney personally signed up Kurt Russell with a ten-year contract when he was just a kid, and Kurt became one of their studio’s leading stars in the 1970’s? Somehow, we all missed finding the earliest Disney movie where Fred MacMurray and Kurt Russell starred together: Follow Me, Boys! It might be because it was so old (1966), but it’s full of good-spirited fun and all the themes that make Disney movies memorable!Fred MacMurray plays the role of a young musician who decides to give up city life and settle down in a small Midwest town, where he becomes involved with the Boy Scouts. Kurt plays the role of a young boy who struggles with finding his own identity because his father is an alcoholic. Although you can kind of guess the plot from the beginning, there are some twists and turns along the way, and it’s a refreshing break from modern life! It’s good to remember a time when America was safer, life was simpler, and boys were free to enjoy hard work with lots of challenge while still having fun.Both my older brothers were proud Eagle Scouts in the 1950’s, and I’m really excited that my oldest grandson has just joined Boy Scouts! If your church doesn’t offer Awana or some other program geared to help kids grow up wise and capable, at least consider Scouts. But, maybe watch Follow Me, Boys! first. By the way, there’s something even better than following a good role model who will teach you how to tie knots, fish, and work hard as a kid, and that is a role model who will teach you everything you need to know about life both now and forever. There is only one such perfect role model, and his name is Jesus. Jesus can teach you not only to fish, but to be a fisher of men!  Do you know Him? Are you a follower? It will be the most challenging thing you’ve ever done in your life—much harder than becoming an Eagle Scout— but you’ll never regret it!

“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
(John 8:12)

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

The Snow Is always Deeper on the Northern Side of the State

27So, I repent of complaining about spring taking so long to come to lower 22Michigan, because—as you can see from these pictures I took last weekend—28the snowbanks at the opposite end of our state in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, 30still conjure up thoughts of northern Alaska to me. 31(Although I promise you that all these pictures were just taken this past weekend 20while Alan and I were taking a little nostalgia tour of our old home town.) 01Sault Ste. Marie is a beautiful place to visit anytime, although I love fall the best. 14I grew up in a little house on Dillon St., but we did something very special this 05 time: We stayed at the Ojibway, a historic hotel overlooking the the Soo Locks 03 and famed for hosting the “CaChoo Club” and some notable guests.02The Ojibway is now owned by Ramada but still retains it’s 1930’s ambiance, and 06they include a lovely complimentary breakfast in their sunny dining room. 04Our room was charming and the bed comfy…definitely a pleasant stay. 10Our room overlooked the Soo Locks and Brady Park, and after we checked out, 11 we took a stroll through the park, as we have done hundreds of times over the 13 years. When we were kids, we used to sit in the crook of that tree on the left and 09watch the tourists passing by. Forty-five+ years later, we’re the tourists! 12My mother helped found the People-to-People organization nearly 50 years ago, and this gate from Japan in Brady Park was a gift from their “sister city.”15I used to have to walk up Easterday Hill every day on my way home from school. 32In those days, there were no steps and we sometimes had to pull ourselves up 29using the railings to keep us from sliding back down in the icy winter weather! 17We picked up Milt and Faye for lunch. They are like second parents to Alan. 18Alan grew up with their son, Larry, & he later worked with Milt at his dad’s shop.19(I hope you’re noticing the incredibly high snowbanks in these pictures!) 26 Milt and Faye have been a great source of inspiration to us over the years!     (This is a picture from the wall by their front door…and they really live this out!)21We stopped at “Cozy’s” for some of their famous whitefish & sour cream/chives  french fries. I’ll tell you, there’s no whitefish like Lake Superior fresh-caught! 16Oh, and I mustn’t forget to tell you about the great dinner we had the night before with Alan’s cousin, Jim, and his sweet wife, Gladys. 08What a blessing it was to head north for the weekend, even though they’ve had a 23

brutal winter and the snowbanks were unbelievably high! Next time I’m tempted to complain about the late spring in lower Michigan—or whatever challenge I’m dealing with—will you remind me that the snows are deeper elsewhere? I, for one, am glad I’m not on the other side of the fence, and I hope you are too!

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’.”      (Hebrews 13:5)