Every week I ask Mom if there is anything in particular she wants me to put in The Mountain Eagle column for the week. Well, this week I didn’t have to ask her. She just came right out and told me the other day when I write the column next time to be sure and let everybody know she is doing good. She said she surely did appreciate everybody asking about her and praying for her. She also got some phone calls from people last month and she wanted to let them know she appreciated them calling and checking on her. She is finally doing a lot better after the loss of her baby sister, Linda Joyce Pennington Hall, on June 29. She did have a fall the other evening, but nothing was broken. She is still a little sore from that, but is moving around just fine. She even helped me string and break up 11 quarts of beans.
I chatted with Iona Noble tonight on Messenger. She said her sister Vernetta finally was able to exchange her old leg braces for her new ones that were due in February of this year. Iona also said David Williams was doing really good. He’s recuperating from his heart surgery. I also messaged Lorraine Kuracka’s brotherin law and found out she is doing okay through all this crazy virus stuff. These are some of the senior citizens I have come to know and love. I surely do miss them all. Even that old aggravating Elmer Hammonds.
It’s hard to believe the school buses aren’t making their runs by now. I know the governor’s message today said Sept. 28 before they will go back in person. My daughter has made the decision to keep her third grader home and the two high schoolers made the decision themselves to do their school online also. I can understand how this would be a really hard decision to make if I had a child in the school system.
It’s also hard to believe our world has come to this in such a short time. Everything changed in just two weeks. Now we’ve been like this for so long, it’s hard to imagine what is was like before all this took place. The year 2020 surely has been a doozy. Not just the pandemic, but all the destruction and looting going on with the riots taking place. I’m just so glad I live in our little neck of the woods.
Speaking of our neck of the woods, I can’t get over all the wildlife that we now see in our backyards and nearby woods. People are having major problems with bears all around their houses and into their garbage cans. One of my friends from Cowan, Ramona Caudill, had a bear coming in her screened-in porch a few years ago and taking whatever it wanted. We’ve just gotten so used to going and coming in our yards and driveways we could walk upon one without even knowing it. There are so many pictures on Facebook of momma bears with cubs.
Another thing going on in our neck of the woods some may approve of and some may not. I really know nothing at all about any kind of racing. I’ve just always found it ridiculous to think somebody would want to get in a vehicle and drive as fast as you could. But, if you were going to do that around here, the best place would have to be The Little Shepherd Trail. I watched some of the footage from the race that was held this past Saturday on the trail and it did look kinda exciting. Letcher County Tourism is trying to promote our area by coming up with ways to bring more people in. I don’t know yet just how I feel about this one.
We drive across Little Shepherd Trail quite often, especially during the peak of the trees changing color. We get out all along the way and look for deer sign. We’ve even swung on a few grapevines a time or two. We stop at all the overlooks and try to be at one of them when the sun is setting. This always makes for beautiful pictures. We’ve had the grandkids with us many times and once sat in the vehicle and watched a big bear tear a log apart to get the bugs out. They were amazed. Most of the time we go all the way to Kingdom Come State Park and walk around the little lake. It’s a nice, refreshing, and quiet drive. So, like I said, I’m not sure how I feel about having races across the trail.
I have a very special prayer request this week. Dwight and Chamanna Gibson are desperately asking everyone to pray for their newborn daughter Emilia Leeann. Chamanna went into labor at 23 weeks with twin daughters. One baby didn’t make it and Emilia Leeann is very unstable now. She is 16 days old and fighting for her life. Chamanna is the daughter of Jerry and Tewanna Hall. Please keep this whole family in your prayers.
Also, June Collier, a wonderful lady I worked with at Mayking Head Start many years ago, is very sick right now. Her daughter-in-law, Deb Collier, posted on Facebook for everyone to help them pray for her healing. She’s having problems with her kidneys and liver and is starting dialysis.
Please remember all those that have lost loved ones. Faye Martin in the loss of her sister Sandy Roark, who was also the mother of Renee Roark Hall. As always, keep my pastor Bill Jones and his wife Sandy in your prayers.
There were lots of birthdays mentioned for this past week and yet to come. Kim Sergent celebrated her birthday on the 7th and her husband Jeff Sergent had a birthday on the 10th. Tony Collins celebrated his birthday on the 8th. Bridget Back had a birthday on the 11th, and Janet Slone Hall will celebrate on the 12th and Richard Brown and Gleadith Duncil will both celebrate on the 13th. And last but certainly not least is one of my most memorable students, Keaston Maggard. The thing I loved about him most was his heart. He was so respectful to everyone, especially his teachers. The picture of him was taken during a talent show at Martha Jane Potter Elementary when he was in my classroom. He asked me that day if I planned on being at the talent show and I told him yes. Well, you know how Elvis threw his handkerchiefs and scarves out into the audience of fainting girls? At the end of his performance Keaston came over to where I was sitting and wiped his brow then threw his scarf right to me. I pretended to faint. How can it be that this young man is 21 years old?
I’ll end here by saying I wish everybody could go to church this Sunday.