Yesterday afternoon, I received a phone call from a friend in Pepin, Wisconsin. A young man from our Pepin “tribe” was killed in a car accident yesterday.
This is Jamie, the oldest boy of the family I have talked about often. The family is one who lives as many of us desire to live … off the land for the most part and as simple as possible. They have a phone, but no computer, no internet. They use the city library for internet research if need be.
They farm with horses, have their own honey, raise their own food. And they demonstrate these “old” skills at several events during the year. They are home-schooled and home-churched. A fine, fine family and one that does not deserve this kind of tragedy hitting them.
Jamie was 24 – a fine woodcarver, woodworker, an apprentice blacksmith. He wanted to be a veterinarian and was already, before any formal schooling, helping neighbor farmers with their medical needs for the animals in their care.
Jamie was cheerful, helpful, charming, giving. I have never heard a bad word about him or from him since I first met him. He was curious and eager to learn anything and everything he could. Jamie will be missed by many, many people.
Rest in peace, sweet Jamie!