Pat’s Chat (June 3)

It felt wonderful to go to the Burnsville High School Reunion Picnic and I compliment those who put it together so that our food was served in “take out” containers and everything was planned well. My sister, Mary Ann Bucklew and I sat in folding armchairs that she brought which my son, Chuck Bucklew, set in a table-less space close to the kitchen window and the bathroom. Shirley Ann (Singleton) Lloyd sat in a folded chair between Mary Ann and me. This worked out well because everyone KNOWS Shirley Ann, so everyone came to see her and greeted us or Shirley introduced us. We saw a lot of people, but not anyone from my class of 1951 or Mary Ann and Shirley’s class of 1953. 

I recognized several people, Ruth McLaughlin, Tom Crutchfield—but he turned quickly and I didn’t get to speak to him, and Darrell Brown who as a youngster was always friendly to me (though I am several years his elder). Also saw Butch McPherson and Debbie McPherson at separate times, Jack Dean, Donald Conrad, Shirley Ann’s son, Beckner whose first name I have forgotten, Marge Hardman Burke, Sue Harris who lived up on the top of Church Street hill, Jane Wine, Sonie Wine, Shirley Brown, Hilda and Bruce (forget their last name, but she is one of the Brown beauties along with her sister, Bobbie and her husband, Paul Bragg. Lamona Casto, another Brown beauty, and of course, Pam Brown the beauty who is now my daughter-in-law. I wish I could remember everyone I was introduced to, or knew, but I cannot. Wish anyone who saw and knew me would let me hear from them. Oh, yes, the first person I recognized all on my own and called out to was Gary Crutchfield. I wish his mom had felt like attending.

Memorial Day is to bring to mind those who sacrificed to help us be able to have a free country. Someone online says we should remember especially those who gave their lives to try to keep our country free. We should all strive to encourage teaching our young people to realize that our freedom came with a cost to so many. We should unify with all our friends and neighbors to keep our country free. We are all equal in God’s eyes, no matter the color or race, and liberty should be for all.

I was so saddened to hear of the death of Judy Groves. I worked at Home Improvement when Max and his team did work for us when we lived in Augustine’s house. I miss the good old days so much and the people I loved there in Burnsville and the school.  

Another subject that I have mentioned before. How so-called innocent Hallmark and Up movies, which at least have no bad language, always advertise wine and other alcoholic drinks throughout their movies by including scenes where everyone is toasting or just drinking, making people think that is the way to live. I wish all of you had access to The Clear Word, an expanded paraphrase of the Bible to Nurture Faith and Growth, by Jack J. Blanco, printed and distributed by Review and Herald Publishing Association, 55 West Oak Ridge Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21740. 

In my Bible Reading guide that gets me through the Bible in a year, it is time to be reading Proverbs. All of this Old Testament book has very wise and thought-provoking verses. For instance, verse 19 of chapter 21 tells us, “It is better to live alone in the desert than with an ill-tempered spouse.” Verse 9 of the same chapter states, “Better to camp on the roof of your house than to live inside with a nagging wife.” But Chapter 23, verses 29 through 35 tells us: “… who has trouble? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting with someone? Who is always blaming others? Who gets all bruised and battered? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine and go looking for mixed drinks. Don’t let wine tempt you, even though it looks rich and red and sparkles in your glass. In the end it will bite like a snake and shoot its poison into your veins. Your eyes will begin to see strange sights, your judgment will be warped, and you will imagine all sorts of things. You’ll feel as if you were seasick, holding on to the mast while you swing back and forth. You’ll say to yourself, ‘The way I feel, someone must have hit me, but I don’t remember it. Someone beat me up, but I can’t recall a thing. Why can’t I think straight? I need another drink!’” Why, why, why do people do such things to themselves for something that never brings benefit to the drinker. Pure, clean water brings much needed moisture to the body, flushes our system and supports health. Alcoholic beverages only benefit the sellers, never the buyers.



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