Thursday, May 31, 2007
Chapel & Mt. Pleasant News
First Baptist-Mt. Pleasant ladies enjoy night out
Several ladies at First Baptist Mt. Pleasant enjoyed a night out. They dined at Bryan’s Restaurant in Olive Branch.
Love and sympathy are expressed to Mickey and Rose Mary Joyner and family in the death of their granddaughter.
Love and sympathy are expressed to the Pence family in the death of their daughter.
Betty Guffey attended her daughter-in-law’s graduation. She received her doctor’s degree.
I wish everyone a safe Memorial Day.
In the early years of growing up we kids did many things to amuse ourselves. We had creeks to wade in, sand ditches to roam up and down enjoying the wet sand, grape vines to swing on, big hills to climb up and down then tumble down and lots of other things known only to country kids in those days.
I remember an old buggy that Daddy had, but didn’t use any more. He gave it to us kids to play with. We would push it up a steep hill, then one of us would get in the front seat to guide it. One would give it a big push to start it down the hill. Away we would go “ninety to nothing” hanging onto the back. The hardest part was when we had to push it back up the hill for the next ride. The rule worked good. If you didn’t push you didn’t ride.
We had another ride called the “flying jenny.” We took a plank, drilled a hole in the middle with Daddy’s brace and bit. Then we took a long bolt and screwed it into a stump. It was ready to try out. One would get on one end and another on the other end. We would then go flying around and around using our foot to push faster and faster. Occasionally, one would get slung off.
I remember one day we were having a ball on our home-made “flying jenny” until up walked a surprise visitor, Daddy! Just as he came up, I went flying into the air. Right then and there Old Pop broke up our fun! He immediately began to take down our “flying jenny,” scolding us all the time.
“I have been looking everywhere for this bolt and brace and bit. I don’t want this thing built back. Some of you are going to get hurt real bad.” On and on he went fussing at us. Well, we just listened. We knew better than to offer any suggestions otherwise.
My, how things have changed since those happy carefree days. Kids were healthier when they got outside air and so much good exercise like we did then. Now, all children want to do is sit in front of a TV, play games on Nintendo or watch videos and be on the computer. Well, I’m sure if we would had had those things back in the ’30s we would have done the same thing.
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