Bat Wings

I was blow drying my hair this morning and saw something that sent chills up my spine. Two words. Bat wings. Do you understand why I was terrified?

Then I caught a glimpse of my great-grandmother’s picture in the mirror. Katarina Letkeman (nee Janzen) was born in 1847 in Chortitza Colony, Russia. She immigrated with her husband and three children to Canada. Over the years she gave birth to twelve children, only six of whom lived to adulthood. She lived a hard life and died at age 63. In another post I will write more and pay tribute to this strong woman.

What struck me this morning was her dress. If she had bat wings who would have known? Really, in the grand scheme of things, I guess it’s silly to be worrying about something as trivial as bat wings. But for just a moment, I was a teeny bit envious of great-grandma Letkeman.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. I see a resemblence in the shape of your faces…she looked like a strong woman….

  2. I agree with Deb…there is a great resemblence. I can’t wait to read more about her.

  3. Ack!

    What an awesome story. You’ll have to share more, as you promised!

  4. and what are bat wings? and please explain your adoption triangle?
    We can only admire our ancestors, can’t we. They were amazing!
    Blessings, Star

  5. Our ancestors had to be so strong. My great-grandmother had an incredibly hard life, even after she came to America, where life was supposed to be easier than in Italy!

  6. Oh, what a beautiful old photo. And like Deb, I can see the similiars. What are the bat wings sweetie?

  7. OK, I’m curious now too! I don’t know what bat wings are either! You’ll have to share more about it and her in your next post. She sounds fascinating!

  8. I am curious about bat wings also!

  9. LOL I have them too. UGh and I even try to lift weights to avoid them! When summer arrived it was OH no!!

  10. There’s quite a resemblance! I have bat wings too, and I few other things I won’t mention. =)

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