That Moment When Innocence is Lost

one significant memory of talking with Grandma during my recent visit to California:
Grandma (born in Berlin Germany in 1924) was about 9 years old when Hitler was first elected (1933); she had been largely protected from the big bad world through her childhood, and so had an idyllic understanding of life.  She recalled that their family had a maid – to whom she, as a young girl, was often quite mean.  After Hitler came to power, Grandma’s Aryan-German father and Jewish-German mother didn’t really share much with her, but she recalled one instance where she was mouthing off at the maid, and the maid turned on her and angrily said, “You think you’re so high and mighty, now, but just you wait; when they come, you’ll be the first they take away!”  Grandma recalls that the maid went on to mock her for being Jewish (a half-blood); she didn’t say anything to her parents about the exchange at first.
She remembers sitting at the dinner table and staring at her mother, trying to understand how her mother could be like the “Jews” in the propaganda cartoons of that day – portrayed with such huge noses and with such stupidity or wickedness – and she felt certain her mother couldn’t be one of THEM.  Eventually she told her parents about the maid’s outburst, and the maid was dismissed from the home, but her parents were in some ways forced to explain the ugliness of the world to her – she recalls this as the first experience that really “shattered” the innocence of her childhood.
…the more things change, the more they stay the same.  🙂

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Leah holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, and considers herself a forever-student at heart, especially of the Word of God. The last few years have included a 160+ lbs weightloss, and a complete re-working of her "inner man" as she has had to journey from merely what she "knew" to putting that into "ACTION" .. a transformation that so rocked her core, she believes God's calling in her life includes a sense of "urgency," as the body of Christ is fully - knowingly or unknowingly - entrenched in These Last Days, just as Jesus prophesied. She has worked in various forms of professional Customer Service for nearly 20 years, from Mortgages and Banking to Automotive Plastics, and values most the opportunity to mediate and problem-solve. Leah has served over the years in varying roles, from Women's Bible Study Leader to Choir Director to Worship Leading to teaching Sunday School to working faithfully in the Nursery. She loves being a Wife and Aunt and Sister and Daughter and Friend, and loves to read just about anything she can put her hands on. She is always re-learning putting feet and muscle to these things, but she has learned there is incalculable value in "working the plan," and "being faithful with LITTLE so as to be entrusted with MUCH." And she is trusting her beloved God and Savior for the "much" yet to come. You can find more of her musings on her blogs at and, or follow her on Twitter at

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