This will be a busy day at our house. I'm preparing dinner for my grandson, Michael Risk and his friend, Kaleigh Page Fredenburg. Besides that, I'm still fiddling with the bounty that I, hurriedly, snatched up from the garden this hot August Sunday morning. The freezer is saying don't open me and I am thinking I must. Frothing at the mouth for a brief moment won't hurt the old Coldspot or run up the energy bill that much. And, another thing, I spotted an untapped bucket of my favorite brand and flavor of ice cream in the basket of the aging workhorse. Now I ask myself; what did I do with that cool scoop that I bought at "Wally World"? Should I have one dip or two? Did my blue jeans shrink this time or am I gaining weight? Oh well, I might just raid the tray beneath the icemaker and hone my teeth again. That's better than coming up dry.
Last night my granddaughter and namesake, Mary Shannon Patrick called to inform me that, earlier in the evening, she was crowned Miss Pre-Teen at the Warren County Fair in Front Royal, VA. Sherry Brooks and Estee Lauder sponsored her. I ask her what her reaction was when the MC made the announcement. The newly crowned young lady replied, "Shock, followed by shakes and smiles! She will ax a planned trip to San Francisco. Our Mary has newly acquired engagements to fulfill, as well as more dreams.
This year has certainly been exciting for the very focused sixth grader. She received the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence, the PTA Creativity Award and an athletic award. The young songbird is a member of The All County Choir. Mary received a perfect score on her SOL (Standards of Learning) test--the State of Virginia's equivalent of ISTEP and she excels at being a good granddaughter!
Mary Shannon is the daughter of Clifford and Lori Patrick of Strasburg and she is a classy lassie!
This morning I received and e-mail message from our daughter Starla concerning a wonderful reunion--hers. She wrote " The Brazil High School Graduating Class of 1977 held their 30-year reunion at the Forest Park Pavilion or Cow Palace as we affectionately refer to it. The Reunion committee really went all out and we had a great turn out. Susan Butts Treash, Cathy England and John and Penny (Alsip) O'Neal headed up the committee. The evening started with a blessing by John O'Neal and a few moments of reflections for our classmates that have passed away. Mike Broady Entertainment kept the evening lively with great music from the 70's. Kiley Rollo, daughter of classmate, Kay McMichael Moss, from Basement Photography captured the reunion photos for us to cherish for years to come.
I was thrilled to see everyone after so many years. The event was so well planned and the entertainment provided the perfect background for a lot of memories. A few of us ended the evening at the Elks Club with more conversations and a few dances. I was glad that I set aside time to go. I will not miss another reunion!
Lindsay Terry, my daughter was a real trooper being my date for the evening. It was really special to catch up with so many, many of my friends. I came away feeling energized by the excitement of stepping back in time. It was well worth the jet lag to see everyone, even if only for a few hours."
She also remarked that Creative Catering did a nice job and served a good meal.
I am looking forward to the 50-year reunion of Brazil High School's Class of 1957. The event will take place September 21 and 22. This will be my first and hopefully, well; you know the rest.
My friend Barbara Bogage` of Elk Grove, Illinois sent me a few funny tidbits about older people's sense of humor; this one that you might enjoy. Here goes: A doctor was addressing a large audience in Tampa. "The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed all of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is awful. Soft drinks corrode your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. High fat diets can be disastrous, and none of us realizes the long-term harm caused by germs in our drinking water. But there is one thing that is most dangerous of all and we all have, or will, eat it. Can anyone tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering years after eating it? After a few seconds of quiet a 75-year-old man in the front roll raised his hand and softly said, "Wedding cake."
I don't have to worry about Paul saying that, because we didn't have a cake. We just drank a lot of water!
I can be reached at 446-4852 or drop me a line at 613 N. Elm St., Brazil, Ind., 47834.