During the summer after Melody finished the fourth grade, a new church in the area offered a morning Bible school. The church, the Upper Bay Baptist, was just around the corner from their house. It had been built on the land where a small green grocers had been, where Melody had gone to buy fresh eggs and milk (she took fifteen cents and came home with change; try and do that now!).
|Christ Church by the Sea|
A few weeks later, Melody forgot to take off her cigar ring and it melted in her bath water, but by that time Steve had moved away with his family, destination unknown. They’d been friends for a long time, and Melody mourned his loss for a long time…
The following year, the McDonalds stopped attending the Methodist church, and Melody, remembering how much fun she’d had during the summer, returned to the Baptist Church. She became a helper during the summer class and grew very close to the members of the church. They became like a second family to her during the period of the great upheaval and its aftermath; during her time there, she progressed from childhood to her teenage years and into young adulthood. She lived through the pain of seeing a young man she’d had a crush on get drafted into the army and his subsequent death in Viet Nam.
When she was twenty, she joined the LDS Church, which she continues to frequent up to this day. Last year’s A-Z challenge tells that story.
Crocheting came into Melody’s life at a fairly young age. It all started when her best friend came over the same day Melody was scheduled to for a week-long visit to her Grammy’s house. Lynn had brought over a new project: her mom, Sylvia, had taught her how to embroider. She looked very smug as she drew the needle in and out of the fabric, while Melody looked on, green with envy.