Thursday, January 21, 2010

Joy In The Morning

While up this morning mopping the kitchen floor I looked on the counter where I stack things that would hinder a swift swipe of the mop and noticed a pleasant sight that triggered memories from the past. It gives me joy to see randomly placed objects that turn out to be pleasing in appearance. Housekeeping chores can be a drudge or a joy. Little moments like this make it a joy.
This stool & quilt rack belonged to the doctor that delivered most of the babies at that time in my home town. When I was growing up we lived right next door to Dr. Junke and his large familie's house. Many years later I lived in that house. When we bought the house he was moving into a retirement home and selling many of his posessions. We bought this stool and quilt rack from him along with many other things.
When I look at these pieces, setting here on my counter top, I think of the sweet doctor in a Santa suit singing to the children that delighted so in a visit from him at Christmas time. His precious wife Anne that collected so many beautiful pieces that bring me such joy, even now, I think of her.
I am not sure if any of you townies that were around at that time will read this post, but if you do, I hope you will chime in with your memories of the good doctor and his family. I do not think it is too far of a stretch to say that they were kind of like the Kennedy family of our little community back then. Today the memory and the sight of their belongings brought me joy.
Take time to spot your joy.


  1. Anonymous7:54 AM

    That's such a sweet post. I love having things around the house that bring good memories of time past. To me they are like little memorials of that person. Always good to remind us to keep our joy while doing our chores.
    Your friend from way down Texas!

  2. What a great post! And what a great memory! Thanks for sharing it with us. I love the picture too!

  3. Hi Sue...I have been missing you.

    I love your post this sweet. It is so important to surround ourselves with things we love and things that remind us of who we are.

    I love your little stool and quilt rack...wonderful.


  4. It's so good and comforting to think pleasant thoughts of our memories of the past. I don't think we take the time or are still enough to reflect back on good times of our past. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. Sue,
    Your post today evokes many sweet memories for me...our home is filled with things given to us by older friends who knew we would cherish and appreciate them...things that were dear to them.
    At times I think of the stories these articles could tell if only they could speak...

    I'm always pleased to see that you've posted.


  6. Anonymous8:00 PM

    I love what you post, but I am having a hard time picturing you mopping the floor. Really?
    Such wonderful memories of Dr. J. who lived next door to you. He was the best Santa ever! I think you should write some sort of book -----haven't decided just yet what it should be, but next time we hook up I will have an idea.
    Big hugs, jfs

  7. Beautiful Post, Sue!!! It's the simple things in life that often bring the most joy!!! Nancy

  8. Hi Sue... enjoyed your blog today with memories of Dr. Junke. And yes of course he delivered most of if not all of the Morey Five. I used to think my mom could speak a foreign language when I was little for when she took me to the doctor she always seemed to understand what he was saying through that beautiful accent of his. Years later after he retired he practiced at CMU Health Services during the time I was working there. He used to come up to me all the time and put both hands on my cheeks (often told in my youth I had fat cheeks) and call me a little pumpkin head. Of course I loved the special attention even given the fact that I was now in my early twenties and married. I was just talking about him the other day…. I remember we often pronounced it Dr. Junkie when the pronunciation was Dr. Yunkie.
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane…
    Although I’m not on FB much I have enjoyed connecting with our classmates. Had contact recently w/ Marsha Demlow; met an old friend of hers at a luncheon recently in Grand Rapids. Small world.
    Love Pam

  9. I added the above comment that came via e-mail.

  10. Anonymous4:55 PM

    When my mother was a very young nurse... fresh out of nursing school in Newport Rhode Island... she married my father... a Navy man from mid Michigan... and came with him to Mt Pleasant just after WWII. She served as one of Dr. Yunkie's delivery nurses for years before becoming nursing director at CMU. She has some great stories about that experience. Dr. Yunkie gave her her start in Michigan which was so different than her beloved New England. He delivered all of us Demlow's I think. Sue Y. sat by me in Choir and Magrigals and Kathy was a friend of my brother. I remember Rick as well. Dr.Yunkie was a dear man to so many. What a legacy he has left in Mt Pleasant and how lucky are you that you have a treasured momento from them. Marsha Demlow Main

  11. What great stories! Thanks for contributing.
    Pam, I lost your second comment. So sorry. Many of us probably remember Dr. Bedo too.
    Marsha, what an interesting story about your Mom.
    jfs, yes, really, I mop my own floors. You crack me up ;)

  12. I didn't realize those treasures were from the Junkies....sweet memories. My memories of him were as a Dr - my first ob/gyno - of course he also removed a mole, checked out occassional sore throats.... I do recall a bit of moral instruction from him - dang I married the guy - must have worked.


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