February 17, 2011
If you searched last week’s Banner and failed to find this article, there is a good reason that no article appeared – nothing was happening in Spearsville. We had all hibernated until the weather cleared. The events of the week could be summed up in a few words: eating, sleeping, watching/feeding the birds, reading, TV and making lots of soup and chili. Sunday was just beautiful and today (Monday) is predicted to be a great day to cut those roses back; the master gardeners say Valentin’s Day is the day and those are my plans.
Several of us, Bonnie Rhodes, Floy & Billy Rea and I, took advantage of the day on Saturday, and went to El Dorado – eating out and shopping. On Sunday, Jan & Ski Wawrzyniak came for a visit to church, out to Hollis’ to eat and then for an afternoon of just visiting with the Rea’s. (They always include me as their other mother and invite me as well.) For those of us that have family/church as the center of our lives, the day was perfect.
Avery Bennett Wilson provided the special music for our worship service. She not only sang but had written the words and music for the song and played the piano as well; that is what I call talent; It was beautiful. We were happy to visit with Sue, her mother, as well, and look forward to the next time.
Joe Barron has been able to be at church for the last week or so even though he works in Nebraska. He travels a lot in his job and the South has been part of the area that he has been covering. Since he is already flying anyway he might just as well work Spearsville into his schedule. Until the last week or so I would have said that this is a good place to “thaw out” from the harsh winter of Nebraska. It was good to see him again and back in his usual spot.
When I was at Hollis’ Sunday, I asked Pat about Robert Foster, who has been in New Orleans undergoing treatments for weeks and weeks. Pat said that he is home now and is able to continue the therapy, locally; he seems to be doing much better but continues to need our prayers. We pray that his treatments will be successful and Robert will soon be back to doing all the things he enjoys most.
Last Sunday night, Adam Graves, who lost both of his hands in a work accident with Claiborne Electric, gave a vert moving and inspiring testimony of his life following the accident. He came to know how much he really needed the Lord in those dark days, and now has a much closer relationship with Him. Adam shares this testimony with people wherever he goes. Of course, life has changed for him but he is looking forward to the prosthetics that are being made especially for him. These “new hands” will allow him to do so many things that we take for granted in everyday life. Our prayers are with Adam today and in the days, weeks and months to follow.
Our condolences go out to the Andy Cook Famly. I taught Andy many years ago and have good memories of him as being very sweet and easy to get along with. Andy was a pleasure to teach and I was so sorry to learn of his death.
Oda Rockett’s nephew, Wayne Gray, passed away last week; our thoughts and prayers go out to this family; especially his mother, Laverne Gardner Gray Cook during her time of sorrow.
Thought for the Day
You must learn from the mistakes of others; you can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself. – Sam Levensen
Barbara Walton is a resident of Spearsville and has had a column in the Bernice Banner for several years. She writes about the People and Happenings of Spearsville.