By Aubrey Beauchamp, RN, Special to ASSIST News Service
SAN CLEMENTE, CA (ANS – December 25, 2017) — It all started with two serving spoons I retrieved from my kitchen drawer one day. They were the only two items among that “silverware” that were actually genuine Sterling Silver. The set had been a wedding gift for my parents’ upcoming marriage in 1931.
Through the many years of use, wear and tear and travel, they looked as new and shiny as they did the day they were given to the young couple. They lived in Holland, also known as the Netherlands, where I was born and raised. We survived World War 2 and then moved around Asia, Australia, to finally settle in the USA.
What would become of these spoons, I wondered? Would anyone know its history or value? Over the next few weeks I began to mentally jot down some details about the early days of my parents’ marriage. I poured over family albums with those small, black and white photographs with notched edges, kept in place by those little corner pieces and the carefully written details and dates.
My mental notes eventually became written notes, and then began to expand. Day after day I kept remembering occasions, interludes, travels, conversations — and I kept writing. The pace increased and soon I had left those silver service spoons far behind.
Where was all this going? I wondered. Well it has arrived! It all morphed into a book called “The Dutch Touch – Growing up in Blaricum,” the little village where I was born.
It’s available from Hospital Christian Fellowship at email@example.com
Photo captions: 1) Front and back cover of Aubrey’s new book. 2) Aubrey Beauchamp.
About the writer: Aubrey Beauchamp grew up in Holland, became a nurse and midwife in Australia and graduated from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1963. In 1968 she became a Christian and started the USA Branch of Hospital Christian Fellowship International. Her first book, Aubrey was published in 1982. She also published a magazine, A New Heart, from 1976 to 2017. Back issues, as well as audio and videos of speakers of past events are available at no charge, through the website, http://hcfusa.com/ .
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