Please remember our schools will be opening Wednesday, Aug. 4. If you are traveling on the roads at that time, be sure to watch out for those buses on the roads. I have heard so many different opinions on whether or not we should be sending the kids to school with all the COVID cases happening in our state and especially our county right now.
Once again, I find myself just thanking God I am not having to make the decision of whether or not to send my children, because I really don’t know what I would do. I can see reasons for sending them and then reasons for not sending them. All I know is, Denise Yonts, our school superintendent, is not taking this decision lightly. I know she has our children’s best interests in mind when she does make the decision. We should all be praying for her and our entire school system and staff.
I will have to admit, the rise in the percentage of people who have taken the vaccine for COVID has us worried about bringing it in on Mommy. We were all vaccinated so we wouldn’t have to worry about that. Now, I have two really good friends who had taken their vaccine way back at the beginning of the year as we did, and they now both have COVID. Remember to pray for them, Sonny and Faye Martin. Others that I have heard of too had the vaccine and still caught it.
I have no problem with wearing a mask when going into public places and do not see it as a form of government control, but I know there are others that feel differently and that’s their decision.
Mommy wanted me to tell Phyllis Begley Combs and Sandra Sexton Wilson how much she enjoyed their visit Monday evening. They came by to get some beans, but also to see Mommy and my brother Albert Tacket. Our conversations with our childhood friends always go back to when we were growing up and how much fun we had playing up in the holler.
Just about every day in the summertime after Daddy went to work, and when we weren’t having to work in the garden, we would gather and play basketball at the ball court behind the store at the mouth of the holler, or in our yard playing any number of games that we could think of. I guess our little community on Colson and Cane Hollow was very similar to the Marlowe Coal Camp families.
The thing is though, Marlowe people had to move away, but a lot of the people I grew up with are still right here in this area. We’re not here because we had to stay, but because we want to. I know I have one grandchild that feels the very same way. He doesn’t want to live in or close to a big city. He loves the mountains.
The Letcher County Senior Citizen Program is now closed as far as going inside is concerned, but they will still continue to hand out meals as they did before July 12. This is due to the rise in COVID patients in Letcher County. I knew this was the best decision, but I surely did hate to see it happen as I’m sure all the others did that were finally getting back to a little bit of normalcy. I just discovered they have a Facebook page, so if you all are on Facebook check out the Letcher County Senior Citizen Center.
On Aug. 2, 1953, Marshel and Dorothy Pennington Tacket were married at Bernard Banks’s home. He was in the Navy and stationed in Portsmouth, Va. He had asked her to marry him and she had agreed, but later changed her mind and wrote him a “Dear John” letter telling him she had changed her mind and decided she wasn’t ready to be a wife. She said Daddy told her later that when he got the letter he went to find his brother Hubert and after they talked he threw her letter in the ocean and then made preparations to come back to Marlowe to talk to her. He must have persuaded her because while on leave they were married and he immediately left after the wedding to go back to Portsmouth.
They were married 50 years in 2003 and he passed away in March of 2004. Mommy has his pictures all around her in the living room and talks about them continuously. She loves thinking back on some of the things he used to say and all the funny things he used to say. We were talking about him this evening and all the people he helped in this area. He wouldn’t wait for them to call him if they needed help, instead he would drive up to their houses and check on them. There are few people left like that in the world today. We surely do miss him.
Happy birthday wishes to Sally Taylor who celebrated on the 31st, Crystal Rose and Beth Richardson on the 3rd, John Graves, Iona Noble, Sandra Darlene Campbell, Mandy Begley Wynn on the 4th, Ramona Sturgill Caudill, Goldie Kincer-Kalahan, Delma Mullins Blair and Linda Francis Setzer will have birthdays on the 5th. Allen Burton and Brenda Childers on the 6th, Kenneth Taylor and Kim Sergent on the 7th, Rita Smith and Candace Fleming on the 8th, Cecilia Begley Swiney and Bethany Banks Cook on the 9th.
Remember to be in prayer for all those that have lost loved ones. I saw on Facebook where Bessie McPeek’s brother had passed away from COVID. I’m not sure of his name but just pray for that family. Also remember Brandon Robinson and the decisions they will be making about his cancer diagnosis. Please keep Caleb Baker in your prayers as he sees the doctors this week. Also remember our pastors and preachers as they try to do what God would have them to do, and my pastor, Bill Jones, and his whole family.
I surely hope we can continue to have our indoor church services. We may have to quit handshaking and choir singing again with social distancing, but that would be better than just having services online. It’s a never ending question of what we will and be able to do from one day to the next. If we have to go back to online services, that will be better than nothing I guess. Let’s all just keep praying for our nation.