Author Reminisces about Boyhood in Dutch Reformed Farming Community

Daniel Boerman grew up in a tiny farming community in southwest Michigan. His early life consisted of life on the farm, family activities, attendance at a two room country school and going to church. But he had a dream of bigger things to come.
Spread the Word
Listed Under

* Memoir
* Farming
* Christian
* Inspiration
* Michigan

* Books

* Holland - Michigan - US

Feb. 5, 2013 - PRLog -- "The pursuit of happiness is one of America's promises to its citizens," Bruce Stokes writes in The Atlantic.  "But today, Americans are a profoundly unhappy people."  While similar authors opine about the decline of the pursuit of happiness due to the Great Recession, authors like Daniel Boerman offer an alternative by writing about simpler times.

    In a figurative sense, Boerman always wanted to rise above his humble beginnings in the samll Dutch Reformed farming community of Oakland, Michigan, in the fifties and sixties.  "Maybe someday I would be able to soar above my childhood experience," he writes, "and be things and do things that were only dreams at the time."

    As a smart boy who lacked a friendly personality and athletic skill, he struggled to fit in.  It was easier to stay on the isolated farm with his parents and his two sisters and work alongside his dad, learning how to plow the fields and take pigs to auction.  Life revolved around the farm, education in the two-room Pershing School, and religious instruction at the Oakland Christian Reformed Church.

    Life also offered its share of hard knocks, including getting his tonsils taken out, learning the hard way that picking pickles wouldn't get him rich, and losing beloved pets.  His memoir balances accounts of these growing pains with uplifting tales of sledding, going to vacation Bible school, enjoying his BB and pellet guns, surviving a blizzard, and playing his cornet in the marching band at the inauguration of President Richard Nixon.

    "Whether good or bad, these memories have stayed with me all of these years," Boerman writes.  "And I became a better and stronger person because of them."  Regarding writing his memoir, he says, "The farm boy has returned home and, in so doing, has rediscovered himself and the significance of his rural Christian heritage."
Email:*** Email Verified
Account Email Address Verified     Account Phone Number Verified     Disclaimer     Report Abuse

Like PRLog?
Click to Share