A Book of Memories

PERKINS, OKLAHOMA — The Galt family doesn’t have time to take a lot of walks. Mom Kim Galt usually has her hands full with three little boys and a big dog named Aggie.

Dad Jason is a police officer in Perkins and a veteran of two military deployments.

But Kim and her windy walks go way back to a time when she used to take them with her grandmother Rachel. “She really taught me to appreciate nature,” recalls Kim. “She was very real, very matter of fact. You just do it. You just live life and appreciate nature because it’s in control.”

She lived on an old place near Newcastle, Oklahoma. On those walks through the countryside Kim would ask the kinds of questions about the nature of things that lots of adults find difficult to answer.

Why does the wind blow? How does the sun shine? Where is God? “I didn’t grow up going to church,” she says. “If I went to church I went with Grandma. So she was kind of my window into Christianity.”

Grandma Rachel’s simple lessons found their way in like a strong draft.

She gave her grand daughter a Bible for Christmas and wrote a simple message on the inside cover. It said, ‘Please Read’. “I miss her every day,” says Galt. “I think about her a lot.” Kim’s grandmother passed away in 2010.

The lessons and stories took on more meaning with each passing year.

The wind blew just right and she wrote a little story called, ‘Dancing Trees’ about a walk taken by a little girl and her grandmother.

That story eventually became a children’s book. “I wanted to put a grandma in the story so that grandma could share the love of God with children the same way my Grandma did with me,” says Galt.

We can’t see the wind. We can’t see love. We can’t see God either, not here.

But if we listen to Grandma Rachel’s lessons we can see their strong effects, and we can begin to see faith, like the wind, in action.

Kim Galt’s book, ‘Dancing Trees’ is available through Tate Publishing in Mustang, Oklahoma. She’s working on two more books involving a girl and her grandmother.