In May 2022, the Mennonite Enquirer brought you the story of Jacob Driedger. A Steinbach local who found $11,000 in a $5 junk box at a local auction. Here is an excerpt from our previous edition where Jacob detailed his intentions on how he was going to spend the money: “My mumtji and me are going to take the honeymoon we never had. We’re going to Winkler and check into the finest hotel room available with ensuite jacuzzi and a fully stocked bar fridge and shoot the works! Finally my $5.00 auction boxes have paid off”, said Driedger.
On Monday evening August 22nd, a hotel manager in Winkler was called due to some kind of disturbance going on in the pool area after midnight. It appears that Jacob and his mumtji decided to take their Menno dreams to the next level by going skinny-dipping in the hotel pool. When later asked about the incident, Dorothy Driedger said, “it was one of our fantasies, like in National Lampoon's Vacation. I didn’t really think it was a big deal. Jacob and I always used to go skinny-dipping at the gravel pits in Blumenort after we first got married. Of course we’re not quite the same as we were back then. The years of kielke with schmaunt fat have taken their toll on our waist-lines and now have we have built in flotation devices.”
The Mennonite Enquirer asked Jacob about their motivation behind this “Menno fantasy”. “Just having some fun really. And it seemed like something we shouldn’t do. So in true rebellious Menno spirit, we decided to do it. After a few sips of lemon gin, my mumtji didn’t even need any coaxing to take the dip. We saw our chance and did it! So that’s one more off our "Menno don’t do list".”
The hotel manager seemed to be less enthused by our frolicking Mennonites but was ok with letting them off with a warning. Jacob quipped that, “at least it gave the other guests something to talk about over the continental breakfast in the morning”.
So how did our National Lampoon Mennonite couple spend the remainder of the $11,000? The Driedgers say that they bought a new John Deere lawn mower, kitchen stove, golf clubs, dough mixer and still have enough left over to visit frintshoft in Lethbridge later this fall. Jacob says, "my mumtji has been making tweibach by hand all these years. I thought it was time to make things easier for her and get a KitchenAid with a dough hook."
And now for those who’d like to have some fun with their heritage (and with clothes on), check out these designs from Oba Yo! Just click on the tweibach below.
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