Welcome 2016 and all it promises. So many things in our lives are out of our hands but how we handle what life gives us is up to us. We can decide to be mean or nice, happy or sad, productive or lazy. I hope for everyone that we choose this year to be a productive member of society who is nice to everyone and happy about it. On my desk at work I have the word SMILE sitting on it. It reminds me to not take myself too seriously. I want to enjoy life more and stress less.
Condolences go out to the Billie Jean Price family and the Gaye Haley family. Pray for these families as they deal with their loss.
Congratulations go out to our own Adairville Middle School in being the only one in the state to be nominated a School to Watch for the 5th year in a row. We are so fortunate to have the staff and students we have at our local school. The comraderie, the respect and the caring the students and staff have for each other is evident whenever you are at the school. Our school is probably our biggest asset when people or companies talk about locating here.
Coffee Bottom Girl
My maternal granddaddy never saw a dog he didn’t like and despite my grandmother’s warning that one day he would get his arm chewed off, he always petted every dog he saw. I guess that’s why I have loved dogs my entire life. As I’ve told before, dogs were my confident growing up and to this day not one of my secrets was told by any of them. As a mother and grandmother we have had two very special dogs in our lives. A black lab named Snake was the first one. He went to school with all three of our children. He would walk the kids to school in the morning, go to town and visit the men at the Christian Center, go by my grandmother’s house for a visit and usually a treat, then home for a nap and back to school about 2:45 to walk the kids home. He even had his picture in the annual when Marshall Kemp was principal and sometimes on rainy days, Marshall would let him lay right inside the door until it stopped. After Snake, we tried several dogs but none ever seemed quite right until the day we met Punkin at Debbie Neel’s house. She picked Thurman out right away and after talking to the owners which was Christine and Ronnie Brown’s children, we became Punkin’s parents. After running back home one time, and we picked her up, she became a part of our family in every sense of the word. She loved toys and each new one became her favorite, even though she still had the first one we bought for her. She never tore up her toys. When we came home it became a ritual that she would meet us at the door with a toy in her mouth, wiggling and shaking as we said, “what a pretty toy, but not as pretty as our Punkin”, (only dog people will understand this, the rest of you need to try it because it will teach you many life lessons). She has been to Atlanta with us, winner in the Pet show, rode the golf cart many miles with us and our grandchildren and taught us so many things such as when loved ones come home always greet them with enthusiasm, to forgive, that things don’t matter, and to love unconditionally. Someone once said put your spouse and your dog in a locked trunk for 15 minutes and let them out. See which one is glad to see you. Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love. They depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart. We lost our sweet Punkin this week to congestive heart failure. Go Rest High on that Mountain my love.
A Hui Hou Kā’Kou
“May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand”
To contact Donna Blake about the Adairville News, call 270-772-2175.