I moved out here in the country 5 miles from Minonk. I was a foster parent
at that time. Its actually the reason I bought this place out here, for the
Foster kids. The first Xmas out here was last year. It was terrible as
everyone can remember. Terry Pille had been clearing the snow constantly
with his huge snow blower/tractor set up he has ( its a dandy too). However,
the drive way would close up right behind him. I even had friends taking me
to work during that time. I had a foster boy here. We were to go to my
family Xmas dinner/get together. It was always like a reunion for us and
a lot of family of all ages come. I had told the Foster boy about some of
the fun things we did, and the good food and the teen girls in the family
who would be there too.
He was looking so forward to going. He had got his
clothes he wanted to wear all washed up and cleaned his shoes and all the
preparations for getting ready. We had to leave early in the morning Xmas
as my sister lives in Aledo, and that's a long drive for us. We woke up to
a snow covered drive knee deep drifts. The boy was wanting to go so bad he
wanted me to let him shovel the whole driveway. Well, my driveway is very
long and there was no way anyone could do that and I told him. He was upset
about it. I finally told him that o.k. we will get in the car and see how
far I can get and then maybe you can shovel out when we get stuck. He said to
call Mr. Pille and ask him to come. I said no we can't do that at all.
is Xmas and he has done this so many times already. No way will we bother
him on Xmas. I no sooner said that than here came Terry Pille and his
machine went one swipe up and one back and he was done, and off we went.
The irony of this story is that I told the Foster boy the night before to
pray for good weather so we could get out. He told me he wasn't sure there
even was a God. I said sure there is and I hope some day you will feel so
too...and hugged him. Standing side by side at the window he waved at Terry
Pille. I said, see, there is a God and he sent Terry Pille on Xmas day.
God bless Terry Pille. We went and had a wonderful time.