The dust storms out west have made for some beautiful sunsets. As I sit down to write the column, I can see a brilliant, orange sun lighting up the sky in shades of dusty pink and orange. The mosquitoes forced me in from the front porch, but the cool breezes just don’t seem right for the middle of June. I am not complaining; these cool mornings and evenings are a blessing.
Speaking of blessings, our new pastor, Mack Elkins, came back from his duty post in time to deliver the morning message, appropriately titled, Psalm 91 - The Soldier’s Psalm. That was the Psalm that I sent with my son, Scott, when he went to Afghanistan and Iraq. It is hard to imagine that our soldiers and police officers need to carry it here in the United States. Our country is in a mess at the moment. But I am hoping and praying that saner and wiser heads will prevail, and peace will return to our streets. I guess we will have another outbreak of COVID-19 now that thousands of people were demonstrating in the streets. Hopefully, our hot Texas sun will kill that silly virus.
I missed the quilting retreat. I was packed, my sewing machine and material were in the car. But my son-in-law came to install the new flooring. I tried to ignore the mess and just go, but the thought of coming back to a house in shambles would not let me. Although I missed a wonderful time with the ladies, I like having my house almost back in order. I cleaned out closets and sent many boxes to either the dump or Goodwill. That is a very satisfying feeling. I can walk into the guest room closet, and the floor is clean. My dream would be to have only a bed in the room, but that would be tricky for clothes storage.
The Brockman family is waiting for a new grand-baby as I type. Kendra Brockman Oldham should have a new precious bundle by Monday. I wonder if great grandpa will officiate the baby dedication? He apparently delivered a tearjerker of a wedding sermon to Robert Brockman and his new bride. Their granddaughter, Hailey, advanced to high school as salutatorian of her class. Overall, it has been a good month for the Brockman family. Congratulations to all.
I have a sad call to make. I foresee that the new outbreaks are going to keep the borders closed. That means no trip home to see my family this summer. Since my brother cannot travel due to health issues, I only get to see him when I go home. That worries me greatly. He is not in good health at all. That is the same issue people all over the United States and the world are facing. This virus is keeping family away from their sick and aging family members. For me, that is the hardest thing about the stay-at-home orders. I cannot imagine having a family member in a nursing home and not being able to visit.
TEA has cleared sports practices for schools. I haven’t gone to check, but that means there will be many athletes headed to the practice field and gyms. I think that is a promising idea. It will keep the young ones busy for a few hours a day anyway. They have had far too long away from school and work.
Sunday was Flag Day. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. We honor our flag and our country every day of the week, but this day was set aside to honor the symbolism of this flag. May God bless America and bring peace to her borders.
The Stars and Stripes committee is in full planning mode for the upcoming festivities. Jason Lewis has been posting the events for the day. If you are a vendor and wish to set up a booth, let him know. All the usual games will take place. I think I will sit out the pig sacking contest. I wonder if we will have repeat champions, or will there be new challengers to take the prize? Festivities will start with the annual parade. Jason is asking everyone to deck anything they have in their best patriotic style. My mouth is watering just thinking about the fried fish dinner at the fire house. Plus, we all know Richland has the best fireworks display in the area. So put the date on your calendar and head for downtown on Saturday, July 4th.
I don’t know what the plans are for school next year. I think Texas, for the most part, will be back in school. We will be going to a four-day week. The school day will be a little longer. I have been looking into the logistics of a longer day. I think I will ask my parents to send their student to school with an afternoon snack. While I was at Dollar General, I noticed they have a 1$ triple protein snack. That might get expensive, but I think they will need a healthy snack around 2:30 p.m. Our lunch is at 11:30 a.m. Parents, let me know what you think. We all know those first weeks are going to be a little rough as we catch up on missed work.
We had some good reports this week from Amber and the Glaze family. Both ladies have completed chemo and received good reports. Those are answers to prayers.
We have several elderly needing our prayers and help; this is difficult to say the least. Please do what you can to assist one of our home-bound folks. Don't forget the community clean-up on June 27th. We will meet at the Tabernacle at 8:00 a.m. Doughnuts and juice will be there for the participants. The mayor and city council, in conjunction with the Richland Beautification committee, have done a marvelous job so far. I hope to see many of you there.
Please pray for peace in our country. Our President and Congressional leaders need many prayers. We need law and order re-established in our streets, and we need more respect and civility among our population members. I have always taught it’s attitude that makes the person, not the color. I pray we will learn to see one another’s attitudes, not one another’s color. May God be with our police officers and medical personnel. Most of all, pray for our precious troops and their families.