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26). My Grandmother's Kindergarten Pupil   Wing, North Dakota (October 2001)

The most amazing event of my trip around America occurred in the small town of Wing, North Dakota, where I met an 87-year old woman named Hester Bailey who, as I learned, was my grandmother's kindergarten pupil in 1921.  Hester (left) not only remembered my grandmother and mother, but she's probably the only person alive who remembers my great-grandparents, all of whom are now gone.  Hester is delightfully spry and we still keep in touch.  In fact, she recently sent me a huge colorful quilt that she made, along with some handmade potholders.