Reflections on Earlier Life

A Young Doris Mitchell

Memories of a Centenarian

Scripture: “You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows, Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23: 5-6

While I sat and meditated, thoughts of my earlier life filled my mind: I was the oldest of ten children, lived on a farm and been raised during difficult times. 1918, the year of my birth, influenza caused more deaths than the war being fought. Thankfully, our family was spared.

As I reflected on those days, I am thankful for loving parents.  With a large family, it was difficult to provide food, clothes, and a place to live. My parents made manifold sacrifices, and though not reared in a Christian home, I was taught many moral lessons. Although money was scarce and playtime limited, my sister Helen and I found some time to play.

One of our favorite past times was playing with paper dolls. We cut pictures of people of different ages and genders from our mother’s mail order catalogues and played with paper dolls.  Sometimes we used joints of a special kind of grass, dressed the joints as people, and played with our stick dolls. Probably children during these modern days would scoff at our simple ways of life, but in our defense, there were not as many juvenile delinquents then as today!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the many blessings with which we are blessed. Though current life has many more of life’s conveniences, there appears to be more life-threatening situations. So we continue to need refuge in Your everlasting arms of love and security. Since Jesus makes that possible, we thank You in His name, Amen..


Doris Lisemby