A strong heart and a short umbilical cord

Editor of the Reformer:

I attended a celebration back in August 2015. It left such an impression on me that I wanted to share my thoughts, just as I had shared in August of 2000. Both celebrations to remember Mike Winot and his 30 years of surviving a heart transplant. Every 15 years, the Winots have a party to remember this miracle.

At our first party, we were fairly new to the West River Valley and also flat landers, not used to this kind of party. Being from a big Massachusetts city, we attended mostly family get-togethers. This party was altogether different, like a community affair. And the 2015 party was no different — a perfect sunny day, tables and table of delicious home-made food, music, games and lots of laughs.

We had 15 years to get to know a wonderful bunch of people here in our little corner of the world. We may not have sidewalks, shopping plazas, cell service, etc., but we have each other (and of course, the Riverbend Farm Market).

I am certain if my family needed help, there would be many, many folks to offer whatever they could.

The heart is a very strong organ and Mike has been fortunate and blessed with a good one. And one he has taken care of as well. He is also fortunate for the love and support of his family — one of the best I've ever known. Plus, they host a great party!


You may be familiar with an expression concerning "having a short umbilical chord." I'm not sure of the exact words, but I see it as someone who has stayed close to home. After living here for all these years, I believe my umbilical chord has shortened; is that possible? And I am very happy and content staying here for many more years.

Susan Tweedy, Tonwshend, Jan. 26