January 24, 2008
Many thanks to gracious stranger who stops to help
Kay Wheeler, Mary Clay Brooks and children, Caitlyn and Grady, enjoyed the Saturday afternoon performance of “High School Musical” at the Orpheum in Memphis. Also spotted inside the Orpheum after the performace were Eleanor Lee Tomlinson and Dorothy Warren.
As you may recall Tuesday, it was cold and rainy. The children and I did not feel compelled to take an umbrella because, after all, it was just sprinkles. Only after I got in the truck, after having locked the house, did I realize I did not grab my cell phone (whatever did we do before those?). In our usual rush to get to school, we were travelling down College Street and the truck just died - the whole thing just went kaput. Trying to figure out what to do amidst the children’s hysterical behavior, I forced myself to get out of the truck as cars whipped passed me. At this point, I am standing basically in the middle of College holding a folder over my head (the rain had picked up) still in my pajamas. One kind couple stopped, however they had no cell phone. One man in a large maroon truck slowed and then sped up. Naturally, I thought he was going to turn around in the church parking lot and come back to help. Well, that is what I get for thinking because he just kept going. Not too long after that, a kind stranger in a hunter green SUV stopped. He allowed me the use of his cell phone. I called my husband, who had already made his way to Memphis. I also called the school, where the wonderful secretary, Robin, offered to come and gather us up from our spot. Gene had already placed a call to Jeff at the Rental Barn who was more than accommodating.
A million thanks go out to the gracious stranger who stopped to help my children and me. The kindness of this man will stay in my heart, as he did not have to stop - proven by the man in the big maroon truck. Helping others should be the way, especially in a town the size of ours. I only hope that if the man who was driving the big maroon truck reads this, the next time he sees an obviously helpless woman in the middle of the road, rain soaked with crying children in the disabled vehicle dead on the side of the road, he will stop and help them. Pay it forward.
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Museum survives on altruistic giving
Giving - that’s what Christmas is all about. How wonderful that we have Christmas to remind us that, oh, yes, what have you done for someone else today? You do for yourself every day - it is called self-survival so that doesn’t count. When you get to Heaven, the Lord is going to ask you, “What did you do for anyone else beside yourself? I gave you a lot, a lot of material possessions; I gave you a lot of talents. What have you done with them?” The Lord already knows. He’s giving you a chance to redeem yourself.
At the museum, we survive on altruistic giving. The definition in the dictionary of the word altruism means kindness, tenderness, generosity, charity, benevolence and liberality.
The museum survives on altruistic givers who give because they are good and because they want the museum to survive. They have the foresight to see that the community needs culture. If we didn’t have the Museum, it would leave a terrible gap in the culture of this town.
A lady came in the museum a while ago when it was so cold last winter. She said, “I want to tell you a story and maybe you can help me find this man to thank him. Then she proceeded with her story. She said her utilities had been turned off as she couldn’t pay the high bill. She prayed and prayed for help as her children were cold, so she went to the utility department to see if they could turn her electricity back on. They said they could not. So she started out the door, and she was crying. She said a man was coming across the parking lot. He saw her crying. He said to her, “What’s wrong? Why are you crying?” She told him that her electricity had been cut off and she didn’t have the money to get it turned back on. The stranger asked, “How much is it?” She told him. He reached in his pocket and had exactly that amount of money. He handed it to her and gave it to her. Her prayers had been answered. The woman said she had never seen the man before but he was the answer to her prayer. He had mentioned the museum to her and had given her his card. I said, “Let’s see the card.” I nearly fainted when I saw the card as it was from my son, Randall.
Later on, I asked Randall about it. His reply was, “Mama, I never have that much cash in my pocket, but that day I had traded a car and received that amount of cash. Never before have I come into the utility department to pay my bill, except this once. It must be the Lord working out the details.” The woman had never been in the museum before, nor met me before and didn’t realize that my son was her benefactor. Later, she brought me beautiful flowers from her garden. Randall reminds me of my daddy, who was a giver like no other!
When you give, don’t give to elevate yourself. We all have a tendency to be selfish, but we need to learn the lesson that it really is better to give than to receive.
Please visit us at the Square Museum at 111 Van Dorn Ave. 662-252-3669 or visit our website at www.mchmuseum.org.
A festival of art and architecture
Make plans now to attend the 70th annual Holly Springs Pilgrimage, April 18-20! Feast on antebellum splendor, local storytellers brimming with the colorful stories of Holly Springs’ past and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts throughout town!
This “Festival of Art & Architecture” features five antebellum homes with costumed guides, Pilcher organ recitals in antebellum churches, gracious Southern luncheons, tours of historic Hill Crest Cemetery guided by ghosts from Holly Springs’ past, free rides in antique carriages pulled by Percheron draft horses, a native plant sale and country store at the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, as well as a traditional Southern supper in one of our glorious mansions -- Montrose!
On the tour for the first time, the Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery features just a few of the acclaimed painter’s 1000+ works. Also new to the tour, the Church of the Yellow Fever Martyrs Museum depicts the impact of the yellow fever epidemic on Holly Springs through countless artifacts in this quaint church, built in 1841.
Tours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are just $35 a person (seniors 65+ and groups of 12 or more receive a $5 discount) for the Friday and Saturday tours. Sunday tickets are only $25 per person (no discounts given) but all three churches will be closed for services, as will Montrose.
Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour at the Marshall County Library or in advance by contacting Lockie York at (662) 252-2365 or Susie Murphy at (662) 252-6479. For additional event information or information on accommodations, please contact the Holly Springs Tourism Bureau at 888-687-4765 or visit our website at www.visithollysprings.org.
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