I can’t believe it, I actually heard thunder in January! Is that weird or what? This is what I found when I asked Google. Thunder in the winter usually means a cold front is moving through and bringing in much-colder air. Ahead of the front warm-moist air will help create thunderstorms. Behind the front it would be cold enough for snow, and sometimes it does indeed snow.
It must be because my brother is planning on coming home. He absolutely loves the snow, just like my daddy did. We were talking about some of our snow adventures the other day and mentioned how we would get a run and go from way up the “holler” and he would be the one on the sled. A few feet on down would be another one ready to lay on top of him and another a few feet on down the holler.
My baby sister Delores would be the last one to jump on and he said by the time we all piled on he was barely breathing. We would make it all the way out of the holler riding that sled. This was before the county salted the roads and they stayed covered for a week or so.
I’ve got to tell you all a funny on Mommy and myself. I can’t remember how many other sisters were in this, too. I may have already told you all about this once, but if I did it’s been awhile and if you are anything like me you may have forgotten about it anyway.
About seven or eight years ago when I came down to visit Mom one day, she brought out this funny looking item that she said she just found laying out in her flowerbed. It was a sphere about the size of a huge grapefruit with a threaded big bolt like thing sticking out of it. She wanted me to help her figure out what it could be.
We looked all around her yard searching for where it could’ve come from. We thought maybe it might have been some kind of a gazing ball that got thrown down in her yard. Our husbands had no earthly idea what it could have been either. Mom and I even considered that maybe it might have fallen off a plane.
Well, about a month or so after that we took a trip to North Carolina to see my brother Albert and his family. We took that strange looking thing with us to show Albert. As soon as we told him about it and showed it to him he called Mommy’s next door neighbor, Wendell Cook. He asked Wendell to do him a favor. He said, “Look down there in Mom’s yard and see if that ball that goes on the top of her flagpole is still up there.” We had the biggest laugh over this. I just happened to find that mystery item today amongst some of Mom’s stuff and we relived this funny time all over again.
Once again there are many in our community either recovering from COVID or have it now. Please remember all these in your prayers. Jerri Shepherd, Donna Shepherd Branham, Billie June Richardson, Tom Richardson and Jonathon and Leslie Richardson, just to name a few. There are also lots of people who have lost loved ones to this terrible virus that are grieving. Our county seems to be doing better at wearing masks. I was talking to my granddaughter Sunday when we were in church about how awful it feels to not be able to hug and shake hands and just stand next to someone and have a conversation. I find myself now steering a wide path away from people and it breaks my heart to have to do it. I do it mostly for my Mommy’s sake. She hasn’t been anywhere since last February and we have been very careful and blessed to not have brought it in on her. We praise God for that.
Lots of birthdays this past week include Miranda Dixon on the 21st, Donna Frazier and Sandra Cook on the 24th, Crystal Begley McFall, Linda Addington Clark, Linda Sturgill, Ashley Gilbert, Chasity Mason and Mandy Stamper, all on the 25th, and Tricia Sexton Lewis on the 27th.
Please remember to pray for Mommy’s preacher, Preacher Bill Craft, and all his family. Also, our pastor, Bill Jones, and all his family. Their burdens are more than we could ever imagine.
If you need a church to attend this Sunday, always remember Letcher Independent Baptist is obeying all regulations for keeping COVID away. We would love to see you there.