Well our first snowfall of the season and sounds like it won’t be our last unfortunately. Maybe after the weekend snow, should it come, that will be our last. Although it is beautiful, I know how treacherous it can be.
Hope everyone had a great long weekend this past weekend and was able to reflect on some of Dr. King’s legacy. I was fortunate in getting to watch his son speak in Nashville on television. He said “My father and mother dedicated their lives to what my father would have called the eradication of the triple evils in our society. Dad defined them as poverty, racism, militarism and violence.” King talked about his father’s peaceful protests. He said “If my dad and his team had taken out guns and tried to shoot everybody that was against what they were doing, which was a significant part of the population at that time, where would they have gotten? They would have been killed immediately.” Dr. King had a dream and it was one that should be realized today and for many it has. Yet, sadly for others it has not, but through whose fault. I give you an example of one young extraordinary man that has indeed benefitted from Dr. King’s dream.
Our very own Colby Nichols just recently learned he has been awarded a full ride academic scholarship to the University of Kentucky. Not sports, but academics, even though he is an exceptional baseball player. I don’t want to diminish what it took for Colby to get to this place (I will get back to that), but a lot has to be said for Tony and Kim. They believe in equality yet they never taught their children to sit back and expect it to fall in their laps, they taught them to get somewhere in life you have to work for it. They believed in the principles that Dr. King taught. They instilled those principles and ideals in Colby as they are Kennedy and both of these young people work hard in school and in the other parts of their lives. Back to Colby, he was selected a Governors Scholar in his junior year, and to get a full ride to UK through academics enforces the fact that if you put your mind to something you can achieve it. Colby plans to become a lawyer someday and I am assured that he will make that happen. I am so proud of Colby as though he is my own. He is one of the most polite, knowledgeable young men I have had the privilege to be around and to be around him is a privilege. Yet he is so unassuming, always polite with the yes mams and no mams. One of your best all around young men. Even though his dad is/was the all around die hard Louisville fan and tried to get Colby to apply to other schools, Colby had his eye on his vision, his dream and refused to apply anywhere but UK. Tony says despite all his efforts when that letter came giving him his full ride scholarship, at that moment Tony became UK’s biggest fan. He said he immediately said “Go Big Blue”. Colby is a product of Adairville School even though he will be finishing his formal schooling at Russellville High School. This shows that both schools have the best in academic offerings yet it is up to the individual to reach out and realize their potential. Colby did just that and I believe that Dr. King is smiling down on him today, saying “Now that’s what I meant.”
Be in prayer for Liz Johnson as she recovers from a fall at Creekwood Nursing. Also, keep Mrs. Norene Johnson and Mrs. Naomi Finch who are also at Creekwood in your prayers and I’m sure there are others we need to remember.
Coffee Bottom Girl
As I sit here at home writing this, we have about 2 inches of snow on the ground and I decided to take a non contract day and stay at home. When did I become such a big wus and not get out and tackle the road on a day like this. When I hear my mama talk about walking to school about 3 miles, it makes me feel ashamed that we sometimes think schools and our jobs are our right instead of considering them a privilege. We are blessed beyond measure to live in the United States. We should never forget what our forefathers fought for by coming here. My daddy’s family had 13 in it and were poor as dirt, but they never received a welfare check. Everyone got out and worked. When the kids were old enough they worked. My dad was illiterate because he had to work instead of going to school. But he was one of the smartest men I have ever known. He couldn’t read but he had ears and a mind that adsorbed everything he heard. He was a listener and avid news watcher. He had a deep insight into things and an uncanny ability to understand even what wasn’t said. To sum up all these ramblings about not only my coffee bottom story but in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King who was a great friend of the Kennedy’s. In John F. Kennedy’s words “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country’” resounds to me “Stop being a wus, get up off your duff, go to work or school, do for others and consider it a privilege.”
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”
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