On The Bricks

March 10, 2014

The runners who braved the cold last Saturday for the Livin’ Green Race had my total admiration. They were there with lots of layers of clothes, smiles, and healthy attitudes. I wasn’t aware of a snarky one in the bunch. Makes me wonder if healthy people are also nicer.

The volunteers who come out to work the race are also unbelievable. They give a Saturday morning away to volunteer and even have to get up and brave the weather, too. Many of the same have been helping for the past three years and when that happens it just runs like clockwork.

But nobody works as hard are Myrene Johnson. She is there before the sun is up helping Rick Roberts put up street barricades, set up cones, do this and do that … much of really physical labor. And she’s cracking jokes the entire time. She came through the office where Terry Brand and I were that morning, Myrene makes a joke and they run on. Terry and I look at one another and Terry says, “Myrene is just wooooonderful.” I had to agree.

So, thanks! If you were there volunteering, you were so appreciated. If you were there running, you are thanked. If you paid a registration fee and didn’t come, you are being thanked. If you were someone that gave to the goodie bags or sponsored in some other way, good on you. If you didn’t do any of these things, I hope you were having a good Saturday, too!

Recently a friend was talking about a funeral she attended. The young lady who died had a father and mother and a step – father. Her mother and step – father were divorced by the time she was married and contacted cancer. The step – father is the one who raised her. The step – father is the one who was there for her when she was sick. Her mother and her husband were her rocks, it seems, as it should be. The father didn’t arrive before his daughter had died. The step – father was there in plenty of time to be with her and her family during the terrible time.

God bless each and every one of you step parents that treats your children well. Children do not have a say in marriages and divorces, but it is their lives that we affect. Thank you for not making life traumatic for the children you chose to make and have.

Recently read this quote on Karri Behne’s facebook page: “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

Be strong.

Saturday is a Color Run, sponsored by the Guymon High School Student Council. I don’t have any of the specifics, but you can call Jennifer Reynolds there at the school if you have questions.

Scrapbooking and Card Making are at The Studio at 3rd and Roosevelt. Be sure to call Denise Gebara at 806-339-4851 to learn more. You can go anytime between 9 am and 5 pm. They have a wonderful time!

The Gaggle of Geeks meets Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Not sure what is on the geekly agenda, but it will be enjoyable, I’m sure.

The Dementia Support Group meets from 4 – 5 pm at the Main Street Guymon office, 116 NE 5th Street. Anyone who is having to deal with dementia in their family and would like to learn more, please attend. The group is led by Dorothy Countryman, who can be reached at 338-4547.

The Healthy Cooking Class taught by Mary Snead is from 5:30 – 6:30 at the Main Street Guymon office. It is $5 to attend and everyone is welcome.

Saturday ends with a Country and Western Dance at the No Man’s Land Center starting at 8 pm. The band is Cottonwood. For more information on this, call Leita Andvik at 338-7216.

See you on the bricks!