I believe in God.
I believe in friends.
I believe in the love I have for my children,
and the love they have for me.
I believe in sunshine.
You feel a great warmth.
Sunshine makes you happy.
Some people like to go to the beach
for the sunshine. I used to live at the beach.
It’s too hard to work when the sunshine is out.
I believe my grandchildren are growing up
and they’re getting up to go to work soon.
I believe in nature. The flowers
and the trees and the grass.
I believe in trees with a lot of fruit. My momma used
to make jelly and different things like that.
I believe in soup with tarragon and pork. It was sooo good
and we kids just loved it. We lived on it.
I believe that attitude can make a big difference.
I believe that if you have positive thinking
when you get up in the morning,
you’ll have that all day long.
I believe in education.
It’s important to have a good teacher
who teaches you. She tells you different stories
so you know it.
I believe in having good friends and neighbors.
You can depend on good friends, and they can depend on you.
My neighbors always looked after me and wanted
to know if I was feeling okay.
I have very good friends. I had about four or five of them.
I believe that friends make your life fuller.
I believe we have a lot of nice nurses here that help us out.
I believe that family is important.
I believe in my sister. She takes care of me all the time.
I believe in having children. When I had my first child,
that was the most joyous time in my life.
I can’t say that.
I believe that I have nice nieces. They look after me.
I believe in going to church and saying my prayers
for everyone that I know of.
I believe happiness is when all your friends
and family get together. That’s the happiest time.
I believe in sauerkraut.
I believe that my daughter was beautiful
when she got married at sixteen. She wanted to
so I didn’t stop her. She was so breathtaking
when she went down the aisle.
I believe in a happy marriage.
I believe in going to a hospital and visiting
a person from the family.
I believe in the sincerity of a friend.
That’s very important to me.
I believe in being very friendly with people,
in being sincere yourself.
I believe that we have a very special person
watching over us. We’re all here together
and he has his eye on all of us.
Not just one of us, but all of us.
This I believe.
POEM BY: Anna, Mary, Phil, Gretchen, Myra, Jean, Grace, Margaret, Margie, and Sarah