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Father’s Day brings back memories




The Letcher County Retired Teachers Association recently honored Abigail McDougal as the winner of Letcher County’s “Why My Grandparent Should Be Grandparent of the Year” essay contest. The contest is sponsored by AARP and the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association. Pictured with Abigail is her grandmother, Charlett McDougal.

The Letcher County Retired Teachers Association recently honored Abigail McDougal as the winner of Letcher County’s “Why My Grandparent Should Be Grandparent of the Year” essay contest. The contest is sponsored by AARP and the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association. Pictured with Abigail is her grandmother, Charlett McDougal.

Hello everyone!

Happy belated Father’s Day to all you dads and grandpas. I hope you had a wonderful day.

Father’s Day is always rough on me since my dad has been gone for so many years. In fact holidays and family celebrations are sort of rough for me to find much joy in.

Dad never seemed to need the extra attention that is shown to so many these days. I wish I could go back and just hug him one more time.

I can still see Dad so plain in my mind sitting on the porch barefooted, with a cigarette in one hand and a can of Pepsi in the other and with a smile on his face as he watched the grandkids playing.

Dad was never ill with them no matter how much noise they made. I am glad I was able to spend as much time with him in the last two years of his life, which he spent in Veterans Hospital in Lexington.

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Once again I spend a few days on vacation at the hospital, and that is getting to be my home away from home.

Thanks to Zach Harper for cutting my grass while I was in the hospital. I really don’t know why I bought a riding mower since I haven’t been able to use it except for one time.

I forgot to say in last week’s column that Les and Pat Wagner had slipped off to the mountains again for a few days. I am so glad they get to spend time with their family and such wonderful memories are being made.

Becky and Polly Hasty, along with little Rebecca, spent some time in Florida and then stopped in the mountains to rest for a little while. I really don’t know if Les and Pat were there at the same time or not.

My daughter Kay Gray and her husband, along with my granddaughter Jodi and a friend, spent a week at her Florida home. While there a group of them went to New Orleans.

All I will say is when traveling if you are a man please be careful of the selection in the color of your clothes. I guess you are never to old to learn new things.

I wish we could go back to the time of simple things, and not be afraid to go out in public. Now you aren’t safe in your own home.

My son-in-law Scott, Sarah, Jessica, Katelyn and Kyle Nottingham, all spent a week at Panama City Beach, then on to Cape Coral to visit Scott’s sister Sherrie and their brother Tom and his family.

Anna decided to stay home and do some painting and other things that needed around the house. I think Anna knew I just might need her and that was the reason she didn’t want to go that far for that long.

Anna was the one who took me to the hospital. She would have brought me home, but Scott’s plane was delayed so I called Vicki Power to bring me home.

I really have no desire to go to Florida as our temperatures have been in the 90s here.

I would like to go to the bluegrass festival on Kingscreek July 15 and 16. I guess I will have to let it just go on without me, as that is too far from home should I get sick. Please support this bluegrass festival as they have some good bands lined up. I wish someone would make a DVD for sale.

Oma Hatton, I hope this finds you feeling better as I heard you were having a rough time. Thanks for remembering my birthday. I reached the ripe old age of 71.

Belated happy birthday wishes to Betty Kelly on June 17. I bought a card for Betty and wasn’t able to send it.

Happy birthday to Richard Caudill on June 23. I am sure it will be a great one, as you enjoy cake and ice cream and all the things that go with it.

I talked to Betty Ison for a little bit, and she and Doyle are still plugging along and trying to stay cool during this hot spell we are having.

Well, it is getting late so take care and tell your family you love them as life is short no matter how long we live. Until next time.


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