Thursday, August 28, 2014
My birthday, Pam’s reunion
It’s reminiscing time for both Pam and I.
Today (Monday, Aug. 25, when I’m writing) is my birthday. I’m 53. And over the weekend, I accompanied Pam to a portion of her high school reunion for the Class of 1984 (30 years) from Washington School in Greenville.
Close to Nowhere
I see all my friends...
I admit to being a Facebooker. And I’m not ashamed! For me, it’s a really good way to keep up with the people I love.
I have two great-nieces and a great-nephew who live in Texas. I haven’t actually seen them since my sister’s (their grandmother’s) funeral in the late 1990s.
Cup of Joy
We won’t remember what we’re afraid of
“I didn’t know you were afraid of anything.”
Memaw’s words jolted me, as though I had revealed a secret part of myself - a vulnerable part, hidden part, that only displays its weakness - your weakness - when it is itself exposed for its singular truth: you fear - something, anything, it doesn’t matter because one solid fact remains that does not regard you as solid at all - you are afraid.
Raising Cecil, a high point of my life
He was ugly! Bulging eyes covered with sealed lids. Thin skin barely covering his guts and other internal organs. Diseased-looking pin-feathers here and there. Skinny corpse-white legs ending in oversized dead-looking claws at the end of creepy-looking feet.
Letter to the Editor
A lovely visit
Greetings to the wonderful denizens of Holly Springs. I much enjoyed my visit there earlier in the week and felt compelled to let you know that among the many charms and assets your wonderful community possesses, chief among them is the young lady (Lakisha?) working at the Visitors Bureau.
As I am many autumns old I have been privileged to travel to every state (and many countries) and I believe of the hundreds of visitor centers, convention bureaus, Chambers of Commerce, etc., I have visited, the site in Holly Springs stands out because of this young lady. I have never encountered such enthusiasm, ardent passion or knowledge in anyone working “behind” the desk. She was most generous with detail and concise with her history.
I am hardly ignorant on matters of the history of the Civil War or cinema in your storied town, but Lakisha knew it all and more. Very refreshing! Because of her generosity of self, she motivated me to stay much longer than intended and I visited several places she suggested.
I felt it necessary to share this with you. Keep up the good work; you are a credit to Mississippi and the keepers of history. Thanks for a lovely visit.
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