Sunshine into the Lives of Others: The Inspiring Life Story of Beth L. Tielke

"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." – James Matthew Barrie

Beth Tielke’s Typical Day Growing Up

Here is the latest semi-monthly excerpt of the late Beth Tielke’s writings about her life, just one way for her memories to continue to live on. Previously we learned about her childhood hometown and now we get a glimpse into a typical day for Beth and her parents while she was growing up.

A Typical Day Growing Up

A Typical Day Growing Up

Writing excerpt from 2002 found in A Journal of Faith and Love: Grandmother’s Memories to Her Grandchild:

A TYPICAL DAY GROWING UP

Where my father worked: Grandpa Sloan was a farmer. He also ground feed – and thrushed for other farmers. – When his back got too bad to pitch hay – they moved to town – He bought books & read how to be a carpenter :-), then he built houses.

What mother did during the day: Grandma got up [and] milked cows[,] worked with [G]randpa in the field – did house work & helped other people when they needed her.

The chores I had to do: I had to pick up corn cobs or wood which ever we had to last in the stove [the] next day for Grandma to cook on. Also, I rode my Shetland Pony after the cows – I pumped water to put in [the] reservoir or cook stove so we would have warm water to do dishes and wash our hands.

On summer days, I liked to: Watch the white fluffy clouds go by. Go to Keith & Larry’s and play in the creek or go to Kevin’s & have ice cubes and graham crackers [–] they cost to[o] much for us to buy.

On winter days, I enjoyed: Riding on a sled – laying on my back & making angels in the snow – playing “fox & goose” at school. Making snow men.

Upcoming excerpts: “CHILDHOOD FAVORITES” and “MY PETS”.

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About Beth Tielke’s Father

I’m continuing to post semi-monthly excerpts of the late Beth Tielke’s writings about her life as one way for her memories to continue to live on. Last time we learned about her mother and now we will learn about her father.

Daddy's Hands

In our “Spring” interview last fall, Beth remembered her father’s hands. She said he had big, rough hands and they were all cut and scratched from barbed wire since he didn’t have gloves to wear. She said she didn’t know if men didn’t use hand lotion in those times or if they just didn’t have the money to use it.

Writing excerpt from 2002 found in A Journal of Faith and Love: Grandmother’s Memories to Her Grandchild:

ABOUT MY FATHER

My father’s full name: Charles William Sloan

His birth date and place of birth: [February 17, 1901] McCook, Ne.

My father’s best story about growing up: Grandpa died when I was 25. I really don’t remember his stories much.

I know he only went to the 8th grade – imagine making your own living at 13 years of age.

One of my most precious memories of my father: Anything I wanted he would do for me – I remember him pulling the car up the hills back of the barn and onto the road so he could take me to town. (This was back of the big shed.)

Upcoming excerpts: “MY FAMILY” and “MY CHILDHOOD HOME“.

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About Beth Tielke’s Mother

In memory of Grandma Beth Tielke who passed away less than 3 months ago, I’m continuing to post semi-monthly excerpts of her writings about her life as one way for her memories to continue to live on. Last time we began with her birth and now we will learn about her mother.

Writing excerpt from 2002 found in A Journal of Faith and Love: Grandmother’s Memories to Her Grandchild:

ABOUT MY MOTHER

My mother’s full maiden name: Doris Wilhelmina Carr. Her brother called her “Will-hell-hooping-nina.” (She didn’t like that.)

Her birth date and place of birth: May 2, 1905 – Springview, Ne.

My mother’s best story about growing up: Grandma’s mother died when she was 4 years old – She had 2 older brothers & 3 older sisters – When she and Aunt Alma went to school Aunt Leslie didn’t have anything for their lunch, so they sat outside while the other kids ate.

One of my most precious memories of my mother: Grandma was a very giving and loving person. She was always doing things for me or giving me something.

When she was 79 years & 10 months old, she had a stroke & could not walk, talk, read or write.

When I would go see her in the winter she would take my hands put them next to her body & say Ooo – All she had to give was the warmth of her body – so she gave it to me.

Upcoming excerpts: “ABOUT MY FATHER” and “MY FAMILY“.

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As a birthday gift to Beth Tielke: Be a ray of sunshine for someone today!

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Gather Golden Moments: Beth Tielke Shares Memories of her 60’s, 70’s and 80’s

This is the fourth in a series of life story interviews with Grandma Beth Tielke who always brings “sunshine into the lives of others”. In terms of this memoir-style blog’s theme, as Beth’s story unfolds in our interviews, I continue to build around the theme of the changing seasons.

Over the past few months, we have broken down Beth’s life into the four “seasons”: in the spring interview, we looked at the first 20 years. In the summer interview, she reminisced over experiences in her 20’s and 30’s, and in the autumn interview,  she examined ages 41-60. In this interview, we zone in on memories and life lessons from her 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

Tying together the winter theme along with the golden years and the sentimental journey of the interviews, I opened with this quote by John Boswell:

“Winter: A lingering season is a time to gather golden moments, embark on a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.”

I was so excited to discuss this chapter of Grandma’s life with her (and now to share it with you), because–two days from her 84th birthday–this is the chapter in which Beth reflects on all of the decades of her life and provides us with even more messages of perseverance, hope and optimism!

Press play below to hear our sunshine Beth’s perspective on how to live a happy and successful life, the highest honor she ever received, the people she admires most and more! Aside from her favorite books and movies, you also get to hear such fun things as what she would do if she won $1 million tomorrow or if she could be granted three wishes!

For convenience, feel free to download it for future playback on your computer or download it on your mobile phone to listen to it on iTunes or another music player. 🙂 And don’t forget that you can share the track with anyone you think may value the messages!

I conclude with this inspirational poem called “Good Things Going Around”:

Good Things Going Around

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Crisp in the Fall: Beth Tielke Shares Memories of her 40’s and 50’s

This is the third in a series of life story interviews with Beth Tielke who always brings “sunshine into the lives of others”. In terms of this memoir-style blog’s theme, as Beth’s story unfolds in our interviews, I’ve labeled the third 20 years of her life as “Autumn.” In this conversation, we focus on the season of autumn–Beth’s memories of her 40’s and 50’s. I opened with this quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby:

I selected that quote to open with because it seems as if during this period of Grandma Beth’s life—ages 41-60—that life, in a sense, did start all over again because she reinvented herself as a self-employed business woman, built a primary business that gave her the opportunity to employ family members, and got more and more exposure to chances to live out her passion of making a difference in other peoples’ lives!

I was so excited to discuss this chapter of Grandma’s life with her (and now to share it with you), because this is the chapter in which she made significant changes that positively impacted everyone around her!

Press play below to hear our sunshine Beth’s detailed account of the businesses she started and the knowledge she gleaned along the way, as well as the skills and abilities she thinks an entrepreneur must have in order to be successful!

For convenience, feel free to download it for future playback on your computer or download it on your mobile phone to listen to it on iTunes or another music player. 🙂

I leave you with this positive suggestion:

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

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Be Someone’s Sunshine Today!

Be Someone's Sunshine Today

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Bound to Succeed by Giving

“The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.” – Henry Ford

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