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Spring-like weather has prevailed in Reilly Springs this week. The temperatures have been pleasant and we received about half an inch of rain on Monday. It’s the kind of weather that we typically expect for this time of the year and has many in the community working in their gardens or yards.

“We’ve got to get some watermelon and pumpkin plants planted in the field, J.R. Fisher said Monday night. “They are blooming in the greenhouse, but the weather has been so unstable we’ve been afraid to put them out.”

I haven’t had time to look at the bois d’arc trees but I did notice honeysuckle blooming this week, so that seems to be a sure sign of spring being here to stay. Maybe we don’t have to worry about any more frost.

I visited with the Randy Koon family Wednesday and Sunday of last week. We took Koyt’s senior pictures on Wednesday and we took family pictures on Sunday at Sulphur Bluff. We got some mighty good photos in the crimson clover that is everywhere at Sulphur Bluff and in the Dike and Flora areas of Hopkins County.

I heard from Jana DeWitt this week, and she related that Jandi and Landri Lawrence are headed to Hopkins County for the weekend from Muleshoe. They have plans to attend the Shirley Community Memorial Day Services on Sunday and a graduation party for Koyt Koon at Mary Koon’s home, as well as visit with friends and family.

Debra Stribling allowed the she and Baylee went to the movies and enjoyed a “girl’s night out” on Friday night. On Saturday, Debra, Rhandi, Case and Joyce Gilbreath went to a birthday party for Katherine Newcomb in Quitman. Debra reported that it was nice to visit with family and friends for the afternoon and catch up on all the happenings of everyone. Katherine is a sister to the late Calvin Gilbreath.

Debra and David also want to wish a very happy birthday to Alexis Stribling, who will be celebrating her birthday on Friday. Happy Birthday, Alexis.

I visited with Vera Harrington for a few minutes on Thursday night as she attended the Democratic Women’s Political Forum, in Sulphur Springs. She reported being short-handed, as Charlie Garvin has been under the weather.

Vera also reported enjoying several phone conversations and a visit from the granddaughters in Waxahachie. Of course, they are busy with end-of-the-year school activities and have something almost every night.    I visited with Yvonne Miller King this week, and she is chairman of this year’s Memorial Day Service Planning Committee. Other committee members include Eddie Morton, Terry McCullough, JoAnn Wallace and Gary Bailey. They will be meeting to plan the program, so if you have anyone in mind that might provide music or fill one of the positions, give someone a call. Reilly Springs Memorial Day will be Sunday, May 17.

Many in our community were  at Saturday night’s Sulphur Springs FFA Ice Cream Supper and Auction. A large crowd was on hand in support of the chapter and to raise funds for their many activities.

On Tuesday night I had a nice visit with Anthony McKay at his farm south of Reilly Springs. Anthony and I visited about how much of the country down south of our community is relatively unchanged, except for the road being “black-topped.” There’s a pretty good stretch of the countryside that hasn’t been cleared or homes haven’t been built on it in recent years. Anthony was reared on the McKay homeplace next door to my grandparents.

Anthony asked if I had any photos of the old Reilly Springs Presbyterian Church. I think I have seen one, but don’t have one. Does anybody have one in their collection that we can copy to put up in the Community Center?

My granddaddy liked fertile, brown eggs for breakfast. The fertile eggs had “rooster spots” in them. I can remember asking as a child what “rooster spots” were, and being told that if you looked real close you might find a feather. I looked real close, but  I never found that feather.

Some older members of our community wouldn’t eat nothing but a fertile egg. “They’re just richer,” said one woman. “The old hen gives her all to those eggs that she thinks are going to make a baby chick, and that means they have more protein and other nutrients.” Do you remember when many, many of the women in our community had their own flock of laying hens?

And, thinking of the “rooster spot” saying, do you remember many of the sayings that the older members of our community said? Like someone “getting easy” when they were recovering from pain? Or perhaps you remember someone “playing hooky” from school? I don’t even know what it is called now, maybe “skipping school” or something like that.

Do you remember folks calling whole milk “sweet milk” or store bought bread “light bread?”

Some of the favorite chants among the children in our community included: “Liar. Liar. Tongue’s on fire.” and “Coward. Coward. Buttermilk soured.” Then, there was the one that went something like this: “Tightwad. Tightwad. Sittin’ on the fence tryin’ to make a dollar out of 15 cents.”

Until next week, continue to enjoy the springtime temperatures and pray for the rain we need to make the crops and pastures grow. Remember our troops who defend our freedoms, and ask for them an extra measure of safety and safe 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.

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