Letter to the Editor: Don’t take this great place for granted

To the Editor:
Greetings from the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.  Although my husband and I live in one of the most beautiful places in the eastern part of the U.S., we are always smitten when we return to Waukon, Iowa. My class (the class of ‘69)  held its 45-year class reunion on July 19th, so we returned for a few days to my hometown of Waukon. We always marvel at the beauty of the county, the pride in Iowa farmers and their properties and the genuine friendliness of everyone with whom we come in contact in town and out in the country. It always serves as a reminder of who I am as a person because of the time and place I was raised.  Don’t ever take this great place for granted. There is a quote, “Home is the place that goes where you go, yet it welcomes you upon your return. Like a dog overjoyed at the door. We’ve missed you is what you hear, no matter how long you’ve been gone.”
On a personal note, I would like to express my appreciation to our reunion committee of Gloria Sander Payne, Cheryl Schoenthal Grady, Janice Headington Numedahl, Janet Winters Beneke and Terry Tilleras for all of the hard work and first-class job they did on our reunion.  We can hardly wait to return for our 50th. Thanks to everyone we met for making us feel “back home.”

Kaye Kolsrud Sebastyn
WHS Class of ‘69