A Sheeny at Heart; or, the Story of How I Came to Be Me

My grandfather was from “the old country”.  He was a sheeny. He died before I was born, but when I was growing up, a “sheeny man” would travel up and down the alleys of Scranton picking up discarded junk.  Sometimes he was called “the rag man”.  Sheeny is a derogatory term, but I was proud of this grandpa I never knew. I became a sheeny when I was two. Mom would throw things in the garbage; I would pick them out. I’m still a garbage picker and our home is full of things both my husband and I have “rescued”.

The horn my Grandfather used when he was a sheeny.

Both of my grandmothers were gardeners, so I imagine that my love of gardening has also been inherited.  My interest began when I was around 8, but I started my first real garden when I was 16.  I read Postage Stamp Gardening and began in earnest. I dug my family’s entire (small) back yard and planted every inch of it. I’m still gardening and still learning.

Sunflower Seedlings

And from my Heavenly Father, I have inherited, among other things, my love of Creation.   I never tire of a glorious sunset, a gorgeous view I’ve seen a hundred times, or the breathtaking beauty of foxglove growing in my yard. They point me to God who is the Maker of all things. “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” Romans 1:20.

Foxglove - From "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady"


5 Responses to About

  1. Suzie… I adore your photos’ and comments also… so pleased to have met you… lets’ keep in touch.
    I feel we have much in common…
    Catherine Hynes
    Mistress of Brigadoon
    Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania

  2. Thank you, Catherine! I look forward to getting to know you!

  3. Deb says:

    Dear Susan,

    Thanks for sharing about yourself. I just “met” you today and I’m excited about making a penpal, 21st -century style. I,too, am amazed regularly at God’s creation, particularly as related to butterflies (specifically Monarchs) and gardening.

    I look forward to chatting with you in the future.

    Deb Rudd

    • Deb, I hope you visit often. Near our summer cottage is a place called “The Butterfly Barn”. A gentleman who is passionate about Monarchs teaches anyone who will listen all about them. What a Creator we have!!!

  4. Marie says:

    Just meeting you today, my first article to read is about Cuba’s return to earth… and I can’t WAIT to read more. What a beautiful introduction. Have never heard the term sheeny, but you and I have some cool things in common. Hugs from Oklahoma!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s