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with Dot Patterson

The New Year is a time of reflection and a time to move forward. A new year brings much hope, yet we never know what the future will hold.
“The old year passes softly/unnoticed through the door/pausing on the threshold/to return no more/the new year enters proudly/as welcomed as can be/but what lies in the future/is yet for us to see/the past is gone forever/except in memory/and we must live in the present/for the future is yet to be.” – Carice Williams
The New Year is a good time to reflect on gratitude. Often, we do not realize all the positive we have in our lives, as sometimes we focus only on the negative. Try making a list of all those things you are grateful for, and I bet you will be surprised how long it is. We are so blessed. Just look around your home and think about 100 years ago. No refrigerator, no microwave, no washer/dryer and ladies had no hair dryers! Very rarely did people have a bathroom. There was essentially only one type of car, the Model T, also known as the Tin Lizzie, and barely anyone drove. For many years the Model T came only in black. Before the invention of the Model T, car ownership was not possible for the everyday American; however, once the car was affordable, around $900, people all over the country began to drive. Back then you only had one option to chose from, but today there are many models and color of cars to buy.
In the 1940s, my dad owned a Model T Ford, and we would usually drive to town on Saturday. My sister, Mildred, and I would beg our dad to park down on front street away from others as most folks had better cars than us, but no way. My dad drove right through town on Main Street. I did not think about being thankful back then for just having a car. Shame on me! Our dad would give us a quarter, which went a long way back then. I would spend 10 cents for the movie theatre, and I did without popcorn, so I had 15 cents afterwards to spend for a burger and soda at Hodges Trolley Car, located next to the theatre. You could smell those burgers all over town. Now and then, my dad would give me extra money for Jeurgens lotion and face cream. Yes, I am grateful for so many things today!
The HCC will have a monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. We will be planning our Valentine’s Party and are always looking for help and new ideas. Please join us to help plan events for this year and support our center.
Remember in prayer Elvie Lee Sanders, Arlan Porter, Walt and Ann Bennett, Richy Butler, Ronnie and Ladelle Clark, Mildred Smith, Mary Alice and Martha Autry, Ann Morrison, Bonice Martin, Peggy Whitman, Sue Greene, Jim Ruth, W.T Roland, Peggy Lard, William Maness and all the caregivers.
Please call me at 989-3315 with your news. Perhaps you have a memory of the past to share or would like to share some family news. We are interested in hearing about you! It is difficult to write this column without your help. I will be waiting for your call!

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