.By Eva Mewes

Take a journey through the life of Eva Mewes and meet interesting people. Find your relatives in her word portraits of Bampie, Nanie, Uncle Ernie, and Grandma Carrie. Experience a barn at milking time in “Winter Milking,” and understand the life of a real farmer from unloading hay to Sunday dinner. Go back to growing up on the home front during World War II and being a teenager in the fifties when “cars were power.” Follow her life into the challenges of marriage, the struggles of a first apartment, and the desire for a dream home. Identify with her poignant feelings at the birth of her child in “I Fell for You, Babe.” Receive Eva’s perspective on getting older and dealing with parents as they age.

This is a book of writings that beautifully express the life experiences of Eva and, perhaps, of you.


Part 1 Where I Am From

Where I Am From

Great-Aunt Mary

Nanie Cooking


Grandma Carrie

American Hero


The Heart Place

Part 2 My Dad Was a Real Farmer

Disparate Marriage

Farm Kitchen in Three Parts

Winter Milking

Last Load In

My Dad Was a Real Farmer

World War II

Summer of ’44

Song of the Fifties

Friday Night Fashion

Last Dance



Part 3 It Might Have Been

A Love Story

Let Summer Be My Love

River on a Summer Evening

Lovers As Aztecs

It Might Have Been

First Apartment

It Has Always Looked Half-Furnished

Dream House

I Fell for You, Babe

The Library at Kenosha

Accepting Cash or Credit Cards

Good and Better

We Carry It All

Part 4 Who Folded This Map, Anyway?

From My Window

Unspoken, But Heard

Life in a Drawer

Midnight in the Temperate Zone

The Woman Who Lost Things

Who Folded This Map, Anyway?

Get a Perm

My Mother’s Eyes

The Woman Who Loved a Horse

The Bone Singer

Summer of ’06

The Older I Get, the More Things Change

Selective Memory

Woman on the Edge of Age

Writing Is…

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