School is out so summer is officially here for our children. Days of riding bikes, swimming, canoeing, ball games and numerous other activities. Nights of not having to go to bed so early, catching lightning bugs and sitting with your friends looking at the stars and making big plans for the future. Not sure this is what kids do today but sure sounds good to me. Lots of Bible Schools will be going on soon and those are good remembered times too.
Prayers go out to the Jimmy Wright family. Jimmy was a good man who loved his family. I know they will all sure miss him. He fought that cancer for a long time, but the Lord was ready for him to come home. Keep this family in your prayers.
Also, keep the family of Mary Crotzer in your prayers as she went home to be with the Lord. You know Tommy was shouting when she got there. I know the Lord’s plan is the right plan but we sure are losing a lot of our people for some time now.
I am so proud of our very own Jan Stevenson Laurent for being chosen Teacher of the Year for 2014. She is a great example of what caliber of teachers we have in Adairville. We are very fortunate to have a staff that puts students first and have the ability to teach all children even the ones that seem unteachable. Congratulations Jan on this honor. We are very proud of you and all of our Adairville School family.
I had the honor of going to the school recently for Career Day to talk about being Mayor. I saw 6-8 classes that morning and each class was full of questions. They stayed engaged in what I was talking about and their questions showed that they were paying attention. Thank you to Melanie Manley for inviting me to be a part of this.
Please remember the Chamber needs you. We could have more events if more people were involved. Volunteering for your community has a reward. You can’t imagine how good it makes you feel to be a part of activities in your hometown. The sense of being a part of something that helps your community is a reward in itself. So why don’t you join the Chamber and volunteer to help in some area. We need new ideas and that will only come with new faces and people. The Relay for Life event this past Saturday shows what coming together with many people helping can do. It was a fun night and money was raised for a worthwhile cause. So, please come to our meetings and join us as we plan for some fun times in Adairville.
The Coffee Bottom Gal (the Christmas that almost wasn’t)
I think I was in the third grade when we first starting noticing my dad having some trouble. He was telling something at the table one night and raised his hand and it fell in the brussel sprouts. Well, that kind of tickled me because I thought no more of those to deal with, but still had an uneasy feeling. Other little things like that happened and finally he went to see Dr. Richardson. He did a few tests and told him he thought he might have a tumor on the brain and wanted to send him to Vanderbilt. This was right before Christmas. He went into the hospital in Vanderbilt and they ran several tests on him. On the 23rd of December we got out of school and went with Granny and Granddaddy to pick him up. We were all excited to get to bring him home, we thought all was well. But, when they got in the car, we immediately knew something wasn’t quite right. He said they had found a tumor on his brain and they told him to go home and have a good Christmas, then come back on the 26th for surgery. Brain Surgery, that was kind of unheard of then. Also, how do you have a good Christmas when you know the next day your dad is having brain surgery. Well, home we went and somehow got through that Christmas with some semblance of normalcy. I don’t remember what I got for Christmas, but I do know that Daddy came through surgery and that was the best Christmas present ever even on December 26.
A hui hou kāko
“May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand”