Here is how Ken Muma describes Grass Root Memories (from the Preface):
"You may well ask, "Why did you go to all this
trouble to recall and record these Memories of your Grassroots?" Let me hasten to
reply with another question, "If I did not do this, who would?"
Millions of words have been written, telling of successes in terms of
fortunes made and accumulated. This is a success story of a different kind. This is the
story of a rural Ontario farm family, ever trying and sometimes succeeding, in building,
not a fortune in bank and security investments, but in Life Investments -- building a
family and a Life with other Lives.
It might be said "We are each other's 'Life Support System'."
It has been my experience that this is the very Nature of Life.
This is the success story of an Ontario family, trying to make the best
of a poor, little, rundown, Heritage Farm. In this little book I will try to tell of the
dreams, aspirations and struggles from day to day, trying and eventually succeeding in
balancing their meager budget.
This is the story of ordinary, everyday, rural folk, living close to
and in cooperation with the Natural Elements, in neighbourhoods of Caring and Sharing.
This is the story of some of the background environment where the Willowview Muma family
began and of my entry into it. This narrative deals mostly about my life as a teenager,
early school days, as well as work and play in the natural freedom of a farm. It is my
desire that my children and their children share a few intimate details of their Dad's
beginning, his thoughts and feelings, and, in general, give them an idea of what made him
Do not fail to read the last chapter. This chapter reveals a very
important and timely message for all to read and comprehend."
And, from "A Word About The Author":
I chose the name "Timothy Haystubble" as the scribe to
narrate this story, for several reasons. In the first place, I wished it to be written in
a sort of off-hand, free-style manner that befits a country character. Timothy grass is
one of the most common of hay crops. The stubble is that part of the parent plant left
growing in the ground after haying. This will reproduce after its kind, in another season,
from the original grass roots. There -- I trust that this explains the name of the author
as well as the title of what you are about to read.