Verna Hargrove
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Verna Hargrove

Our five children and two grandchildren write. Most are successful authors. We have a son-in-law that also publishes. My writings are simple and easy to read. My novels are under the name of Summer Lee. I try to keep my novels clean and free from excessive sex or violence. My fiction is designed for those who want to read a clean story. Bible studies are under Verna Hargrove. They are for those newly interested in the Bible; that had no previous Bible training. My late husband, John, had a doctor of theology. His books are designed for lay people that have had minimal Bible teaching previously. John and I married when we were 18 and had been married 58 years when he passed away. We loved and needed each other. I miss him a lot. Our family consists of five children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandsons. I received my first book, "Alice in Wonderland", in the second grade. I enjoyed reading the book, but was surprised that a person could tell such a wild tale and get away with it. Thus, I was introduced to fiction. After that, I read as many stories about horses as I could. My favorite was "Black Beauty". My favorite author while I was in high school was Lloyd C. Douglas. His books were Christian, clean and encouraging.

The thing I remember most about growing up was the simple ways we entertained ourselves. A fun Saturday might be our family going to a vacant lot and playing work-up baseball, to the mountains for a picnic and a hike, or going to our grandparents for homemade ice cream and hot sugar cookies fresh out of the oven. Sundays were always a quiet day. We dressed up in our Sunday best, including hats and gloves, and went to church. While we were gone, a roast beef or chicken would be in the oven to greet us for our Sunday dinner. Sunday afternoons were time to invite fiends over for dessert or go visiting. Monday through Friday was always similar. I would help my mother with the laundry at a wringer washing machine. She would take the clothes out of the washing machine on one side and push them through the wringer. I would pull them out the other side and rinse them, then we would swing the wringer around and wring them again. It was then off to the clothesline. When I was very small, adults worried about World War II, how to get enough food stored for winter, avoiding a deadly flu, and starting the car on a cold morning. It got better when I was in high school.

The one thing that showed we were "All-American" during World War II was our victory gardens. They were sometimes in the shape of a "V". America was united and patriotic in those days. My father worked in construction most of the time, so we moved a lot. I changed schools over 30 times in 12 years. We went to church and learned that Jesus loved us and died in our place so we can go to heaven. He then rose from the dead to prove that he was God's Son.

My mother taught my sisters and me how to embroider and crochet. We made dresser scarves and doilies for our hope chest. We did not have much homework, because we worked hard in school and were allowed finish our assignments in class.

In the meantime, John grew up in Anza, CA. He spent most of his free time reading western novels. He was busy with baseball in high school. After skipping a grade, he went to college early. He loved going to school and teaching school.

Major changes have taken place in the world from then until now: My grandfather never learned to drive a car. He drove a horse and buggy. We rode into town with him in the wagon. Sometimes we went to the side of a mountain to get water in his water tank, which he took back home and poured into a large cistern. Straddling the cold tank full of water was an interesting experience. We pumped the water out of the cistern with a hand pump into the drinking bucket. We all drank out of the same dipper, which hung above the water bucket. This caused us to share things like strep throat and colds. We then took castor oil. Actually, we took castor oil for almost all ailments.

John and I were both 18 when we married. He went to college and I had babies. Raising five children together was both fun and a battle field. The only thing we did not agree on was how to raise children. During the 20 years we were growing up, we went from using an icebox, [which was kept cold with a block of ice], to having a refrigerator. We went from outside toilets to indoor plumbing and bathrooms. We went from a weekly bath in a galvanized tub to daily showers. We now live in a home that we watched being built in 1999. We enjoy our modern home with central air, automatic sprinklers and garage door opener. We show the love of God to all that we can. Life is good.

Now that we are in our seventies, we have to deal with chronic illnesses. As a result, we spend more time in prayer and have compassion for others who suffer.

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