News from the Henderson Community of Chester County

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with Gloria Holiday

Hello to my family and friends. For this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! This is a new month – a month for new beginnings, new thoughts and a chance to do things better. I am so glad to be with you today; it is truly a blessing! This Sunday is Mother’s Day. So many do not have their mother here on earth with them anymore, but we do know they are in paradise. Count it a blessing that your mother is with you to help celebrate Mother’s Day. Here is a poem that my grandmother (Mrs. Zelma Bass) memorized and recited every Mother’s Day; after Grandmother passing, my mother (Mrs. Annie Brown) would recite the poem; now it is my turn to keep the family tradition going, and I will share it with you. The title of the poem is “Somebody’s Mother” by Mary Dow Brine (1816-1913):
“The woman was old and ragged and gray, And bent with the chill of the Winter’s day.
The street was wet with a recent snow, And the woman’s feet were aged and slow.
She stood at the crossing and waited long, Alone, uncared for, amid the throng
Of human beings who passed her by, Nor heeded the glance of her anxious eyes.
Down the street, with laughter and shout, Glad in the freedom of ‘school let out,’
Came the boys like a flock of sheep, Hailing the snow piled white and deep.
Past the woman so old and gray, Hastened the children on their way.
Nor offered a helping hand to her – So meek, so timid, afraid to stir
Lest the carriage wheels or the horses’ feet, Should crowd her down in the slippery street.
At last came one of the merry troop, The gayest laddie of all the group:
He paused beside her and whispered low, ‘I’ll help you cross, if you wish to go.’
Her aged hand on his strong young arm, She placed, and so, without hurt or harm,
He guided the trembling feet along, Proud that his own were firm and strong.
Then back again to his friends he went, His young heart happy and well content.
‘She’s somebody’s mother, boys, you know, For all she’s aged and poor and slow.
‘And I hope some fellow will lend a hand, To help my mother, you understand,
‘If ever she’s poor and old and gray, When her own dear boy is far away.’
And ‘somebody’s mother’ bowed low her head In her home that night, and the prayer she said
Was ‘God be kind to the noble boy, Who is somebody’s son, and pride and joy!’”
A very special tribute to all mothers. Happy Mother’s Day!
Oh! I hate I missed a very important meeting on May 2 at the Chester County Senior Center. The Chester County Historical Society had a viewing recording of Mr. Waynell Jones at their meeting. I do remember back in the 60s when I was a little girl and Mr. Waynell would be standing down town in front of the courthouse on the side walk or just walking up and down the side walk playing his guitar and singing. I hope the Chester County Historical Society will do this again.
Well, early voting and May 3 have come and gone for the Chester County Republican Primary electionhas ended. I hope you went and voted for the best candidate, and in August we will see what the end will be. If you are not a registered voter, please go and register.
Remember that June 18 is a very special day. This is the day that the we will be celebrating Juneteenth at the Old Vincent school. I will give you more information next week on this great event.
This is all I have for this week. Remember to tell someone you love them! To all of the Mothers, have a Happy Mother’s Day!
In loving Memory of Kim Huddleston from her Sister Angenal Huddleston; she is wishing her sister Happy Birthday on May 25. She would have been 43 years young.
On the prayer list this week is Mr. Stanley Croom and Mr. Robert Bas both recovering from surgery.
Continue to pray for OUR United States of America and the men and women who are serving our country. Remember to patronize with our local businesses here in town; let us try to support our own as much as we can.
If you live in the City of Henderson and have news about your family, birthday, anniversary, announcements and things happening in the City, I need to hear from you; call me at 608-6132 and leave your message or you may email me at

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