Lincoln, NE: A poem to Sumner Place by Onalea Huff

Onalea Huff, resident of Sumner Place, wrote this poem as a reflection of 2017.

‘Tis the month of December and Christmas is near,
We made it again through another year.
No stockings were hung by the chimney with care
No lump of coal was left for this aging pair!
January flew by like a flash
And visions of snow, turned to ice!
His skates and my sled were both long gone
So no problem for us to stay inside alone.
In January ALL were quarantined 4 days of one week.
To prevent spreading the flu,
was the goal Sumner Place seeked.
In February, amazing talent was performed for fun.
We all enjoyed it but time moved on.
Prom time in March, we all had a ball!
Dressed up in satin and lace, both short and tall.
The lawn in April, sprouted eggs of all colors,
And oodles of kids searched for the treasures.
We had a Social for Mothers, Donuts for Dad.
Our 71st anniversary was next to be had.
July fireworks were noisy, others were bright
But some kept us awake at bed time that night.
Sports of all kinds were set up in July
For the Olympic Trials! How time flies.
Each resident was helped to partake and win
An Olympic Gold Medal! What a spin!
Trips to the zoo, trips to go fishing,
Many things will be planned so keep on wishing.
Family Thanksgiving Supper, then Christmas trees.
Hustle and bustle, gifts galore,
We’ve reached it again and await more.
It really has been a BIG delight
So Merry Christmas to all and to all, a good night.

A birthday party was the highlight of the year on November 18th, 2017. Twenty-four family members gathered together to celebrate 4 milestone birthdays, Onalea, 90, Oct. 14. Ron, 70, November 21. Bob, 95, Dec. 9. Fran, 70 (son in law), January 29th, 2018. It was so special! All 7 of our children came and it was the first time in 40 years all had been together with us!