Here it is 11 p.m. and I just remembered I needed to write something for the paper. I sometimes think I would forget my head if it wasn’t attached. I guess this is going to be short and sweet. Forgive me.
Michael and I started shopping for the boys’ school clothes and supplies last week. It is definitely more expensive this year than it has been in years past. We have two attending school this year. It doesn’t seem like Dalton could possibly be old enough to start kindergarten yet. I guess it is true that time flies when you’re having fun.
We went down to Mom and Dad’s house this afternoon to visit and let the boys play with my nephews. As we were leaving. Mom gave me a few cucumbers from their garden for the boys. They love them. There is nothing like fresh garden vegetables and wonderful grandparents that share theirs with you.
Bill and Evelyn Fleming, Jocelyn and Dennis Watts, and Opal and David Jent all celebrated their wedding anniversaries last week. Deidra and Sammy Gibson will celebrate theirs on July 22. Happy anniversary to you all!
Travis Smith and Deidra Gibson will celebrate their birthdays on July 21; Lisia Whitaker, July 27; and Sierra Maggard, July 28. Happy birthday to each of you. I hope your special day is filled with all the love and laughter in the world.
Bill Fleming emailed me and asked if I would be willing to include this in my column, of course I will Bill.
“Family Reunions – A Dying Tradition
“For many years my family held an annual family reunion. As the older generation passed away, the younger family members seemed less motivated to attend or even promote the reunion. It’s sad to say but my family no longer participates in this very important family activity. Reunions give families an opportunity to stay connected with those members that may not be close enough to gather together on a regular basis, as well as, introducing new family members gained by births or marriages.
“Even though my family no longer holds reunions, I am included by marriage in a family that has been meeting annually for the past 22 years. This family reunion, the Adams, Thompson, and Blair reunion has been held each year on the first weekend of August. This reunion is held on top of the hill on Arthur’s Loop of Blair Branch. This year it will be held on August 6 and 7. All family members as well as friends are encouraged to attend and bring a covered dish, old memories, old family pictures to share with others and enjoy the special fellowship of family and friends in a relaxed and informal setting.
“Also, on the Sunday of the Labor Day weekend, a reunion of the family of John R. Blair on Blair Branch is held at the shelter above the John R. Blair home on Blair Branch. “Again, all family and friends are invited and encouraged to attend.
“The family unit that we have known and loved in the past is under attack and bombarded enough by society as it is, without us allowing the family to crumble away from within. Please support our family reunions! If you are not already participating in a family reunion, it’s never too late to start.”
By Bill Fleming, husband of Polly Evelyn Adams Fleming from Blair Branch.
Speaking of family, the Halcomb/Blair family reunion will be held at the Cowan Community Center at Cowan on Saturday, August 7, from 12 to 4 p.m. We will have a potluck style dinner around noon. Everyone is invited to attend.
If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will be glad to get you next time. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week.
If you would like to contact me, feel free to give me a call or you may email me at alanacouch@hotmail. com.