Folks in this community are cooking turkeys, simmering giblet gravy, and preparing the cranberry sauce and sweet potato pies for Thanksgiving 2010, which will arrive tomorrow. We’re all reminded of just how many things that we have to be thankful for and the need for time spent in prayer of thanksgiving.
I was reminded of just how truly blessed I’ve been after the death of my grandmother, Mrs. Elma Crouch, on Saturday. It was truly a reason to celebrate life. At 99 years of age, she’d led a full and quality life, going from riding in a wagon to our modern modes of travel, experiencing the many changes in life that reflected almost a century of living on this earth. I was fortunate to spend over half of that time with her.
“Mam-Ma” and “Pap-Pa” were the world’s best grandparents, and I can truly say that I was a “spoiled brat.” You’d go to their house and it was truly to do anything you wanted, from making a mess in the middle of the house to running like “wild children” all over the farm to knowing that whatever you wanted to eat would be prepared at the table, as well as “Mam-Ma” staying up with you just as late as you wanted to wait to go to bed.
Come the last day of school, they’d be waiting for us with our horses loaded, and it was off for a two week adventure with our cousins that we’d pick up in Athens on the way to their farm in Palestine. We’d stay two weeks and beg to stay another one, and usually were able to. If you worked it just right you might even get to stay another week. Life was never better. It was riding on trailrides, learning how to drive and swinging in the grapevines in the woods, along with hayrides, going swimming, and anything that your heart desired.
As we gathered for Mam-Ma’s funeral on Monday, we shared these rich experiences as kids with family members could recall so many pleasant memories. We have so much to be thankful for and to remember of a life truly lived to the fullest. Yes, Mam-Ma was “worn out,” and we’d all helped to wear her out, but she wouldn’t have had it any other way. She truly lived for her family and her grandchildren, especially. We truly knew what it was to be unconditionally loved, and in the world we live in today that is such a rich blessing.
If the memories weren’t enough, we were surrounded by friends and family that mourned her loss with us but also celebrated the life of such a remarkable woman. Thanks to all of you who came, sent flowers, food, and condolences. You truly are the richest of blessings.
I had a short visit with Vera Harrington, who reports she’s planning a big Thanksgiving with Mitzi, Mary and the girls as they cook turkey and celebrate their blessings.
Sandi Wallace reported that Aaron Wallace was a visitor in Reilly Springs this past weekend. He visited with JoAnn Wallace and the Kenni Wallace family for a pre-Thanksgiving trip.
Marilee and Bryant Fisher are planning a big Thanksgiving celebration but also continuing to process deer and hogs. They will be joined by Mrs. Ethel Winton, J.R. and Vanessa, and Blake and Kendra, and have decided to host their dinner at the store so they can easily meet customers wanting wild game processed.
The David Striblings are getting ready for turkey day. David is doing well after gall bladder surgery. They’re also getting some horses ready for a horse sale, so they’ll be busy all weekend.
I saw Brodie and Mary Koon, who are expecting a large crowd of family for Thanksgiving. Jana and Weldon, Jandi and Michael, Landri and Sam, and Darrin will all be back from their vacation in the Dominican Republic in time to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.
Sheila and Randy Koon report that little “Addyson” is the cutest little girl you’ve ever seen. And, Ayden has warmed up to the idea of a little sister. He told me that she “drinks a lot of milk.” There will be plenty of Jersey milk to keep her satisfied at the Koon household.
Until next week, continue to count your many blessings and offer your sincere thanks for how richly God has made our lives. Remember our troops who defend our freedoms and ask for them safety and a return trip home. Pray for love in our hearts, harmony in our community and peace in our land. God bless Reilly Springs, Hopkins County, and America. Happy Thanksgiving!
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