Now that was a Christmas parade. Last Saturday evening businesses, churches and organizations circled downtown with decorated entries that expressed the glow of Christmas. It was truly an evening filled with Christmas spirit.
While no doubt the judges had a tough time, the Girl Scouts Troop 9504 took home first-place honors. Right behind them, the dance studio Carpe Diem won second while Collard Construction took third place. Every one of the rest of the entries were Honorable Mentions because, well, who could decide? Now that’s what makes living in a small town so special.
•In the Congrats corner, congratulations to Jillian Hardy, who won Division Champion and Reserve British Overall at the Tyler Mitchell Memorial Prospect Show held last weekend in Cameron. This was the second year for the memorial showmanship competition that raises scholarship money in the memory of a young student Tyler Mitchell. Julian is the daughter of Lola and Jay Hardy and the granddaughter of Toni and John Hardy.
•Congrats to Demi Wendt and Reed Singletary who were wed Dec. 2. Reed, a graduate of Texas A&M, is now employed with Capital Farm Credit in Pampa. Demi teaches school in the Pampa ISD. Reed who is the son of Scott and Melissa Singletary.
•If you’re reading this Wednesday don’t forget it’s the day to take some staples by the Kimbro Center. KBTX along with its partners will host the annual Food for Families Food Drive at the Kimbro Center from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Already the kiddos and staff at Madisonville Intermediate have collected 1,800-plus cans for the drive. You might think about canned meats, beans, paper goods. Every item counts and every item will stay right here in Madison County to help those in need.
•Also Wednesday is the day you can do a little win-win Christmas shopping the Madisonville CHI St Joseph's Hospital Gift Shop. Sally Kankey will also be there from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with a jewelry sale.
•Then the following day, Thursday, Dec. 7 is the anniversary of the surprise strike on Pearl Harbor naval base by the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was the start of World War II. A special program is being held at Veterans Park in Bryan.
•Madison County Museum is recognizing educator and director Jane Colwell and the one-act plays, to which Mrs. Colwell devoted so many after school hours. She is an example of how educators give a lot of free time to their job. Stop by and enjoy the exhibit between 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturday. If you have some memorabilia from your days with Mrs. Colwell, why not loan them to the exhibit?
•Christmas music anyone? It won’t be any better than what you will hear Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Crockett Civic Center when Dennis Ivey and his band present “It's Christmas Time in Texas." The concert is sponsored by the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce. Call the Chamber office for tickets and info. You can also purchase tickets at the door.
•On the birthday list, happy birthday to Julia Parten and to Coy Bailey, who share Friday, Dec. 8, as their birthday. Sunday, Dec. 10, is birthday time for Linda Vinson and Jamie Douglas. Wayne Gray celebrates his birthday Sunday, Dec. 10, while Mary Cook, Dee Wallrath and Jennifer Harrell blow out the candles Monday, Dec. 11. Joyce Singletary winds out this week’s list with her birthday Wednesday, Dec. 13.
•And finally, it’s a wonderful time of the year, one for the buying and making and giving of gifts. One of the best gifts any parent, grandparent, mentor or friend can give a young person isn’t privy to only this season. That gift is wisdom.
None of us are born with wisdom. Wisdom comes with experience, it blooms through knowledge, it matures with good judgment. Wisdom is, as the dictionary says, “the body of knowledge and principles that develops within a specified society or period.”
Simply put, wisdom is cultivated through the teachings of those who have walked before us.
Below are a few of the reflections sent to me under a list titled “Thoughts for My Kids.” I’ve searched for the author, but no one person’s name is attached to the list. In fact, google “Thoughts for My Kids” and an array of answers pops up and most, like this one, without an owner.
Here are the first 10 suggestions. I hear my mom citing No. 2 and I know I seriously need to practice No. 3. I do pretty well at No. 4 since I get plenty of practice at it and I love the honesty of No. 5. Nos. 7 and 8, though, are the ones that speak volumes to me.
Thoughts For My Kids:
1. Don’t knock it till you try it.
2. Send Thank You cards for every act of hospitality — except another Thank You card.
3. Travel light through life. Keep only what you need.
4. Laugh at yourself whenever possible
5. It’s OK to cry when you’re hurt. It’s also OK to be angry; but, wash your face and get up off the floor when you’re done. You don’t belong down there.
6. If you’re going to curse, be clever. If you’re going to curse in public, know your audience.
7. Seek out the people and places that resonate with your soul.
8. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
9. 5-second rule. It’s just dirt. There are worse things in a fast food cheeseburger.
10. Happiness is not a permanent state. Wholeness is. Don’t confuse these.