My father is 79 years old and can out work most people I know. So, I wouldn’t call him old. And if you were talking to him, I doubt that you would have the nerve to call him that either. He’s a big man. Literally.
When he was in the workforce, he had a pretty important job. People from several attended his retirement party. My kids used to watch him on TV. He never made a big deal out of it, it was just what he did. He didn’t pass around the magazine articles written about him in the trade journals or anything. It was no big deal to him, but he worked hard to be good at his job. All of his life he worked hard.
Then he retired.
And he did some things he loved like volunteering at the Museum of Natural History. He earned his certification in paleontology and was always talking about stones and bones.
Recently he purchased a home in Gruver and he’s about to close on the house and moved from Denver to be nearer to family. It makes me happy. For 10 years I have been trying to get him to see the sense in doing such. But what I want and what he wants don’t always happen to be the same, or at the same time. That’s true of so many things with our parents.
As we visited last time he was here, I told him how happy it made me. He said it made him happy, too. He was glad that he would be living around family and would have the great grandkids games to go to, family BBQs and whatever other reasons we find (almost weekly) to get together.
“You don’t know how bad it is to not feel relevant anymore,” Papa said.
Pondering this statement for many weeks now, I think it is important that I listen to Papa.
If you make your job your definition of yourself, what happens when you retire? You don’t just disappear. Or do you?
If you have not gotten to know your children and grandchildren and built a relationship, what happens when you retire? You may feel like you missed your chance at a relationship. Or can you build one now?
If you have only cultivated friends through work, who do you do things with when stop working?
If your job gives you a feeling of importance, when you retire do you become unimportant?
My conclusion for today because we all know that it might be a different conclusion in a month or two, is that it is important to do a good job. There is self – respect in knowing that you have given value to your employers, to your community. But there is family that needs an equal or more amount of your respect and energy. Know them, work together so that you are a team and friends.
Treasure and treat your life long friends as you would gold. If you don’t have any friends outside of family and work, find some. Join a bridge club. Become a Scout Master. Join the church. Invite a friend to go to a play with you. Or better yet, be in one of the plays.
Find your worth in several places. At work, at home with the family, with your friends, and out in the community.
And while doing this, I think we become more interesting. More fun. More versatile.
It’s never too late to improve ourselves or our lives. Let’s get on it.
See you on the bricks!
There are so many people in Texas County who have served our country in the military, whether it be the Navy or the Army or the Air Force or whatever. And whether they were shot at or not, they were willing to serve and they took that chance. They were willing. They were there. They were ready.
The veterans banners on Main Street are wonderful. They make me proud. I don’t know all those folks and if you consider the one who fought for the Confederacy, we don’t all have the same political beliefs. But it doesn’t matter. I honor them. Every one of them.
Speaking to one friend who served, he said that he was never in danger and didn’t feel like he deserved to be on a banner. In my opinion, he’s wrong. He deserves one. His children deserve to look up as they are driving down our Main Street and seeing their fathers photo up there on a banner.
Jim Norris and the American Legion are offering something very important here. They are giving us a chance to build pride in our community, to honor those who have earned the right to be honored for their service … whether you like them personally or not.
So, if you belong to a church or to an organization or if you have a group of friends. If there is a veteran amongst you (living or dead, doesn’t matter), make a point of getting their banner up. The cost is $150 and it is a pretty simple process.
The veterans need to have lived in Texas County at some point in their lives. Call Jim Norris and let’s see more of our veterans hanging on those light poles. Let’s line the entire Main Street. We have people who deserve this.
The Guymon Daily Newspaper ran a list of veterans for Veterans Day … take a look at those many pages of names and help get them all honored.
We have a strong tradition of patriotism in the Panhandle. Let’s pass that on to our youngsters. The veterans banner program is one way to do so.
Thanks, Jim Norris, for giving our community this chance. We appreciate it.
And if you want to see a map of the banners, who is hanging where, the City of Guymon made one and it is posted on the front window at the Main Street Guymon office, 116 NE 5th Street.
See you on the bricks!
It is time for me to catch up on giving you dates and times of some wonderful things happening in our community. Don’t want you to miss the chance to take part and make new friends!
We have a mob hitting the new health food store at 1001 N. Main. By His Hands is owned by Molly Scott and we’re going to cash mob her at 5:30 on Mon., June 11. We would love to have you join us, if you want. It’s about 30 minutes where we go and say hi, look around, and the mobsters promise to spend at least $20. It’s time to get with friends and to support a new business in town.
Right after you participate in the Cash Mob, you can drive over to the Guymon Public Library and attend the Healthy Life: Positivity lecture from 6 – 7 pm. There is no doubt that we can’t all be reminded to toss those pity part invitations and lighten up. I read a card (they’re at SPC WOW Boutique) that said, “You’re invited to my pity party. I’m registered at the liquor store.” I thought it was hilarious.
Here’s a little quote that speaks truth, “Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” Words said by Don Miguel Ruiz. That sort of goes along with the positivity theme.
The noon hour on Tues., June 12, has two options. You can run by the PTCI North location on Main Street for the Coop Connections and partake of some free lunch and a drawing for $100. Yeah, that’s hard to beat.
Or you can spend your lunch hour at the Fire Station listening to Charles White with State Farm Insurance explain a social media application that is available, at no cost, to businesses (whether they have State Farm insurance or not). This is a Lunch and Learn and you get to buy your own meal at this one. You can brown bag it or order from Round Top and we’re going to have it delivered. If you want more information on that, call Melyn at 338-6246.
Still on the 12th, after work you should consider attending the Spaghetti Dinner, a fund raiser for the Guymon Swim Team that takes place at the Methodist Church Enrichment Center at 6th and Quinn. The tickets are $10 each and you can request to-go plates.
“If you want to know how far gossip travels, do this – take a feather pillow up on a roof, slice it open, and let the feathers fly away on the wind. Then go and find every single feather and re – stuff the pillow.” Rebecca Pidgeon made that wise comparison.
There are a couple of things happening on Sat., June 16. Starting at 5 pm is the St. Peter’s Catholic Church Kermess Mexicana event where you can find games and delicious Mexican food on the church parking lot. There’s music, too.
And at the Pub on the Bricks, 5th and Ellison, is the Pub Fest, also starting at 5 pm. They have a Beer Mile Run, a Root Beer Run, games, and free food happening there.
Lots of fun going on in Guymon.
Brian Koslow advised, “Never make negative comments or spread rumors about anyone. It depreciates their reputation and yours.”
Folk Music with Charla Lewis is the topic at the Guymon Public Library on Mon., June 18, at 6 pm.
Then next evening, also at the library, is a free movie (great for teens) called “1 Way Up” that is about BMX racers. That happens from 4 – 5 in the evening and everyone is invited.
“Gossip is a very dangerous tool,” said John Lydon. “We should be more wary of the gossiper, and not the gossip they’re trying to relay to you.”
OK, there is a lot going on at the YMCA. You need to be aware of a Sunday evening Co – Ed Flag Football, Wednesday evening Women’s Volleyball, Teen Nights at the Y on July 13, 20, 27, and Aug. 3.
I have probably gone on for too long … don’t want to run way past everyone’s attention span. Hope June is a blessed month for each and every one of you. And know that we want you to attend any of the above activities that might interest you. Step out and try something new!
See you on the bricks.
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