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Vickie Wampler with her two daughters, Randi Wampler and Autumn Wampler

Vickie Wampler with her two daughters, Randi Wampler and Autumn Wampler

Well, I surely do miss my senior citizen friends at Letcher County Senior Citizens. Lizzie Mae Wright called me at Mom’s Monday to check on me and make sure nothing bad was wrong. Last week I was the one that stayed with Mom Monday and then Charlene had something to do Tuesday morning, so I took her place. Wednesday I had a dentist appointment.

Thursday and Friday they were closed and then Monday the 8th I was with Mom again. Wednesday the 10th, the seniors will be traveling to Cumberland Falls. I know they will enjoy that trip.

July 8 was Daddy’s birthday and he would have been 86 if he had lived. Mom and I got started watching old videos she had taped over the years.

We watched two or three that were of Christmas Eve get-togethers at their house. Daddy loved these times together. We never were big on birthdays though. No birthday parties or get-togethers, just a cake and sometimes ice cream.

One year my brother-inlaw, Rick Mason, decided he was going to make Daddy a cake. Well, he was so very proud of himself and it was a nice looking cake, too. When I took my first bite I knew right away something was wrong. It fizzed in your mouth. Finally after I couldn’t eat any more, I asked Rick how much baking soda he had put in the cake. It was kinda like you were eating a very, very sweet Alka-Seltzer tablet. He said I don’t think I put anymore in it than what it called for. Come to find out he used TBS instead of TSP and it was supposed to be baking powder not soda. Daddy ate all his and wanted more, he said, “Well, I won’t have to eat any Rolaids after eating all this.”

Blake Mason, Joy Hampton and Philip Marshall

Blake Mason, Joy Hampton and Philip Marshall

Now, wait a minute. I forgot something. Charlene was big on birthdays. She liked to hold her own private parties though for just her and her movie star men, like Michael Cole, Tom Selleck, Sajid Khan, and Luke Halpin. She would bake them a cupcake and go in our room and shut the door. We have no idea what happened after that. You will have to ask her.

Lisa Bates, Lee Bates Adams, and Lee’s daughter Brittney Adams

Lisa Bates, Lee Bates Adams, and Lee’s daughter Brittney Adams

Other birthdays I’ll mention are first of all, my only child, Joy Hampton, will be 38 on the 14th. How in the world is that possible? She now has a 16-year-old, a 15-year-old, and an almost 8-year-old.

I think back on how much fun I had with her before she started school. I got to be a stay-at-home Mom and I surely enjoyed it. I went back to college when she was in the third grade. She dearly loved my mom and dad. I wish Daddy could have lived to have seen her children grow up.

Next, is one of my best friends, Vickie Wampler. I met her at Martha Jane Potter the evening I came for my interview. She is one of the friendliest and most talkative people you would ever hope to meet. We pulled many stunts on each other over the years we worked together. The one I remember the most that she did to me was when we were having guests come to show their reptiles to the students. She talked to the animal handler and asked him to get me to come down in front of the school and hold a snake for a certain amount of time. Which of course to me, seemed like hours, but it was only a minute.

Mildred Necessary Spencer

Mildred Necessary Spencer

The thing I did to her was take a note I just happened to find on the Internet one day after we had had a training by our interim principal Ms. Cain. In the training she had been grading papers and not paying attention. So, this saying was something along the lines of “You know you’re a teacher when you are grading papers in a meeting.” And I put on it, “This Means You” and signed Ms. Cain’s name to it. Well, she was going to send Ms. Cain a message and was going to meet with her to see if she was in trouble. Thank God though before she did, she brought it to me to see what I thought about the note and her reply. I started busting out laughing and we still joke about it. I really miss being with her every day at work.

Another one is a good friend from our church, Lisa Bates. Thank goodness she got to retire last year from teaching and she looks so much more relaxed now.

Then there’s one of Mom’s good friends from Marlowe, Mildred Necessary Spence. Mildred and her husband moved from Kentucky many years ago and I love that Mom can see all the pictures her children post of her on Facebook now.

Back to the old videos Mom and I have been watching. On one of them my sister Delores was telling this tale of something that happened to Mommy and Daddy when Mommy fell and broke her hip. Home Health had been interested in coming to their house and working with Mommy after her surgery. Well, Daddy was out in the yard one day working on something as always. The Home Health people pulled down in their driveway. Daddy greets them and talks to them awhile about what he’s working on. He finally leads her in the house and they make small talk in there too. They had an elderly neighbor that lived across the main road from them named Pebble Craft and the Home Health nurse begins asking about her. Daddy told her he really hadn’t seen her out much here lately and so didn’t really know how she’s doing. Finally the nurse tells him she is there to bathe Pebble. Daddy just laughed and said, “Honey, Pebble don’t live here.” Oh, how I wish I could have been at their house when this one happened. We’re so glad we have these old videos of when Daddy was alive.

I’ll stop here by asking you all to please remember our pastor, Bill Jones, and his wife Sandy, and all their family in your prayers. Also, remember Laney Webb, Doug Wright, Imogene Sexton, Pat Ratliff, Peggy Maggard, Steve Adams, Jeanette Adams and her son Rick Adams, and all that have lost loved ones recently.

Next month will make two years that we lost Oma Hatton and it still seems unreal that she isn’t the one writing this column for us to read. Her ending will forever be in my mind, please try to attend church this Sunday. And I say if your church has services Sunday night or throughout the week God expects you to be there, too.

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