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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Helen Ettline: Mother of All Dell Rats


 Helen didn't have any children of her own. 

 In a way we were all her kids 

 and she was our mom. 
 Helen and John clearly loved kids. 

 Why else would they have put up with 

 the aggravation all those years? 

 The Ettlines believed in kids. 

 They enjoyed counseling and helping kids. 


Helen always greeted me with a warm smile and a twinkle
in her eye. She was an attentive listener. When I had good news to share or a funny tale to tell, Helen often made me feel special by calling John over and urging me to repeat my story for his benefit. Helen made me feel like family.  She made me feel like I belonged. She was a very special lady.


 In observance of Mother's Day 

 I picked out a video that 

 I think Helen would enjoy. 

 Helen, this is for you. 





 Happy Mother's Day, Helen! 


 We love you and miss you! 

12 comments:

  1. That was a wonderful tribute to Helen and I loved the art work and video. Great job as always my friend.

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    1. Thanks, Odie, and I'd like to wish Aunt Katie a happy Mother's Day as well!

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  2. Helen's legacy of mothering and loving will go on for generations. It's amazing what one person's determination to love and not to judge will do for countless young people. I know she'd be so proud of you and all the other Dell Rats, my friend.

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    1. Thank you, Shelly! It's become apparent that you have a real understanding of the people, the place and time about which I write. Kathleen Schneider's writing will be in the spotlight next as she takes us back to a much earlier time before the Dell was even built. Don't miss Chapter 1 of In-Dellible Memories coming tomorrow morning!

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  3. I'm sure Helen would be over the moon to know you are celebrating her today as a mother figure to so many. Happy Mother's day to Helen and anyone out there like her today!

    Emma x

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    1. This comment was very sweet and much appreciated, dear Emma. Helen had no children of her own, yet she had mothering instincts. Teenagers felt comfortable opening up to her, sharing their private thoughts and feelings, discussing problems and seeking advice. Thank you very much for being here today, Emma, and have a wonderful week!

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  4. Smiling and listening is a beautiful gift to give to people. Helen was a special person who touched many lives. Beautiful tribute, Tom. I also love that video! It is such a cute and happy song. Andy Williams is so young and I noticed the Everly Bros. at the end of the clip. God bless and have a lovely day.

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    1. Hi, Belle! Good listeners were already becoming rare back then and they are even more rare today. Helen really listened and did so, as you emphasized, without judging. Many kids who frequented the Dell had family problems, parents who made them feel small and insignificant. Helen and John made every kid feel important. Who knows what the ripple effect turned out to be? Thank you very much for coming, dear Belle. Have a great week!

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  5. Hi dear Tom. I just had to pop over to see you and leave a comment. I love how you keep all these memories going with your wonderful Blog, and this was a lovely tribute to Helen on Mothers Day. She obviously had quite an effect on the young Shady, and I so agree with Belle, that smiling and listening is such a gift to give to people. Loved the video that you choose, and I am sure that Helen would have loved it too. Our Mothers Day here in England was back in March. Thank you for your concern about me dear Tom. That means such a lot to me. Thankfully, it's a little easier today, so I really think that everyones' prayers are buoying me along at the moment. Take care my friend.

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    1. Hallo hallo hallo, dear Thisisme! I am overjoyed to see your smiling face here today. I didn't expect you to make it and I deeply appreciate your commitment, dear friend! I hope you get a good night's rest and feel stronger and much much better in the morning. Thank you very much for helping me to remember Helen Ettline, a woman who was very much like a mother to thousands of kids. Bless you and have a wonderful week ahead, Thisisme!

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  6. Hello, Tom!

    I know it's late in the day but I wanted to wish Helen a Happy Mother's Day also. I didn't open up to her nearly as much as you did, but I do recall that when I did she was amazingly attentive. You do her proud, Tom!
    She was, and still is, one in a million!

    Your buddy,
    Ron

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    1. Hey, Ron! You're not too late, good buddy. It's still early in your time zone. Thanks for dropping in to say a few words about our dear Helen. The years keep rolling by but my memories of her never fade and I doubt they ever will. Thanks again, Ron, for being here tonight and don't miss Chapter 1 of Kathleen's In-Dell-ible Memories coming up in just a few hours!

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