Well, to get myself out of the dumps over all this political stuff, I have to dwell on what my pastor, Bill Jones, has been saying now for the last year or so. His message Sunday morning was simply this, God has taken care of us in the past, He takes care of us now and will take care of us in the future. Just like He did the Israelites as they traveled through the wilderness.
Another thing we are doing here at Mom’s is turning the news off and instead enjoying some of the music she listened to when growing up. Did you know you can find just about any of these on YouTube. The Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs Show is just one, and all kinds of Bill Monroe. We found Elder J.D. Maggard singing and preaching and Jerald Hopkins preaching at Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church. Charlene got her a Firestick for Christmas and we have been watching all kinds of old game shows on IMDB TV. We found Alex Trebek when he was a very young man hosting a show called Double Dare. Other than his hair turning gray he hadn’t changed very much at all. Another vintage game show starring Bill Cullen, who we had completely forgotten about, was Blockbusters. I love looking at how the clothing and hair styles have changed.
How many of you all remember the show, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom? When this show or anything to do with nature came on Dad hollered at us and made us all come to the living room and gather round him in chairs or the floor. You didn’t tell him no, wait a minute or I’m doing something else right now either. You just came and did as he said, no questions asked.
It’s so hard to believe Daddy has been gone now for almost 17 years. As my brother Albert and I sit here now and talk about the events that took place the day before and the day of his death, it still doesn’t seem real that Daddy isn’t here at this house with us.
Albert and I also started talking about some of the things we remember about school, our grade school years at Colson Consolidated School. So, Mrs. Shirley Sexton, if you are reading this, here are some things to put in your book if you haven’t already finished it. He said he remembered you were one of the teachers that took your job seriously. One demonstration that you did with your class really impressed him. He said you asked the question, “Does air have weight?” Then gave them the chance to voice their opinions. Then you took a yardstick and balanced it on something in the center of the stick. Then took two balloons and hung one on each end and the stick was still balanced. Then you had them to blow up one balloon and leave the other. When you attached it to the end of the stick it lowered proving air had weight.
One thing he did to aggravate one of his teachers was to make a little chirping bird sound just out of nowhere. He said that teacher (not mentioning her name on purpose), hunted all over for that bird in the room.
We both remembered the school lunches. This was back when the cooks weren’t under so many regulations and actually cooked the food. We had the best meatloaf, vegetable soup, real chicken not nuggets. And the rolls were so, so good.
We discussed recess and how long we got to stay out on the playground and socialize. Good ole days for sure.
Prayer requests that were mentioned on Facebook this past week are Pat Rice, this is a friend of Tammy Kincer Fugate’s, with COVID induced pneumonia. Also, Tammy asked prayers for her mom, Betty Kincer, as she continues to recover from her hip surgery. Kyra Stepp Noel also is recovering from a broken hip and has some other health issues. Prayer requests from our church, Letcher Independent Baptist are Brenda Cupps with cancer, Steve and Phyllis Adams and their family with COVID, and Jack Taylor with COVID.
Birthdays I wanted to mention are Eugene Yonts (my brother-in-law) on the 15th, Missy Lucas on the 17th, Max Hall and Lisa Caudill Yonts on the 18th and last but not least Molly Caudill will turn 100 on the 23rd of this month. If you would like to send Molly a card you can send it to the Letcher Manor at: P.O. Box 747, Whitesburg, Ky. 41858.
There are so many in our community that are grieving over family members that have passed away. Remember the Steve Lucas family, the Dan Lucas family, the Johnny Greene family, June Craft’s family and Tina Walters’s family. Also, remember our pastor and all his family.
If it wasn’t for my church right now, I don’t know if I could survive all that has happened in this past year. His messages and Sandy’s support for everything that has happened in our family has meant so much to us. If you are looking for an answer to all the craziness going on right now, and you are afraid to go to in-service meetings, look them up on Facebook. It’s done on Sandy Jones’s Facebook page. You won’t regret it.