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June 5, 2019

So often our English language and the way we put words together can be confusing … and, yet, entertaining.

Give a little gander to these commonly used word phrases:

  • Act naturally;
  • Found missing;
  • Resident alien;
  • Advanced BASIC;
  • Genuine imitation;
  • Airline food;
  • Good grief;
  • Same difference;
  • Almost exactly;
  • Government organization;
  • Sanitary landfill;
  • Alone together;
  • Legally drunk;
  • Silent scream;
  • Living dead;
  • Small crowd;
  • Business ethics;
  • Soft rock;
  • Butt head;
  • New classic;
  • Sweet sorrow;
  • Childproof;
  • Synthetic natural gas;
  • Passive aggression;
  • Taped live;
  • Clearly misunderstood;
  • Peace force;
  • Temporary tax increase;
  • Plastic glasses;
  • Terribly pleased;
  • Political science;
  • Tight slacks;
  • Definite maybe;
  • Pretty ugly;
  • Twelve-ounce pound cake;
  • Diet ice cream;
  • Working vacation;
  • Exact estimate; and
  • Microsoft Works

Interesting, aren’t they? Some of those gave me a real chuckle, so I had to share them!

Summer is upon us and I came across this Lemonade recipe that really looks delicious. Another something that I thought needed sharing.

The lady who sent the recipe in, wrote, “My sister and I spent a week every summer with our Aunt Frances, who always had this thirst – quenching lemonade in a stoneware crock in the refrigerator. It makes a refreshing drink on a hot day.”

  • 5 lemons
  • 5 limes
  • 5 oranges
  • 3 qt. water
  • 1.5 cups sugar

Squeeze the juice from 4 of the lemons, limes, and oranges; pour into a gallon container. Thinly slice the remaining fruit and set aside for garnish. Add water and sugar to the juice; mix well. Store in the refrigerator. Serve over ice with fruit slices.

Summer food is fun food. And don’t forget the Guymon Farmer’s Market will be starting up on the first Saturday morning in July and run every Saturday in July, August, and September. Fresh vine ripened veggies will be for sale. There will also be fresh herbs and some fresh baked goods. It’s a great time. The markets open at 8 am and is done when the vendors sell out.

If you would like to sell your garden produce or home – made items, give me a call at 580-338-6246 or come by the office to get your packet with the market rules. We are lucky to have Linda Hill Crop Insurance as a sponsor for the market, paying the permit cost and all!

Hope to see you at Shop and Dine downtown!

See you on the bricks.

June 3, 2019

Have you ever taken a moment to write down the most important things you would like your children to know? I think it’s important to write them down because then they last longer than we do. True, it’s even more important to live them, but writing them down is important.

When I was asked to do this, it took some serious thinking time. And, honestly, I think that what is important at one time in our lives might not be what we choose a decade or two later. But, it’s all important.

Last October, the words I put down for my children, should they want to ever read them:

“I would like all of my children to understand how beautiful you are. You love easy, you work hard for those you love, you take time to see the beauty in others and around you. You don’t waste much time judging others, but you also have sense to not be blind to users.

“Keep your integrity and good reputation. That will hold you up in tough times. Stay honest. Be honest with yourself, be honest with others. Become a person you can like and don’t worry if others like you. We are on this earth for too short a time to worry about what others think about us.

“Be kind. Kind is never a bad choice.

“When someone doesn’t agree with you, don’t take it personal. They aren’t saying they don’t like you, they just don’t agree with you on an issue. Don’t try to change their mind, but have a quiet discussion. And I have learned that people don’t need to know your opinion most of the time, nor do they probably want it. And if you’re all about giving your opinion to the world, we need to question why. Because we know everything and want the world to follow us? Or that we as a person are defined by our opinion? I hope not.

“I struggle with this and yet, I know, most everyone is smarter than me at something and I know a friendship / relationship should be based on love, kindness, understanding, and acceptance … not on opinions. So, I need to shut up, right?”

Seven effective ways to make others feel important when you’re talking to them, according to author Roy T. Bennett, include: use their name; express sincere gratitude; do more listening than talking; talk more about them than about you; be authentically interested; be sincere in your praise; and show you care.

When I read this, I agreed, but then you have to wonder what do you do when you are talking to someone and you really don’t care? I think that’s when you just be quiet.

Hard for some of to do, this being quiet. But we can teach ourselves to do it.

The summer is getting seriously under way these days. Enjoy your summer and we at Main Street Guymon wish blessings to you all.

See you on the bricks!

May 30, 2019

My Uncle Clyde’s funeral is Saturday and I’ve been asked to read some memories of his childhood that he wrote in 2006. My dad is also speaking, so we have been reading a little in the family history books. It’s been interesting.

One of the things that Uncle Clyde talked about was his attitude about work. He worked road construction early on and was often first hired and last laid off. He said that “after the major job was done, other guys would sit around, but I would keep busy … even if it was just picking up nails. So, the bosses kept me on longer.”

It made me remember the only big chastising I got from my father. We were laying rock and I was a sophomore in high school. My job was to make the concrete. It’s hard work, shoveling sand and cement into that little mixer, shoving it into buckets and carrying it to Papa. At one point, Papa asked me to do something and I just wilted, saying, “I can’t.” I was so tired.

He stopped working … and he had been working twice as hard as me … and said in a very stern voice, “You are not allowed to say, ‘I can’t.’ You say, ‘I’ll try.’” I had done something unacceptable to my kind and caring father. That day made a real impact on me.

And last week, one of the cousins posted on Facebook about Grandpa Grantham (Papa and Uncle Clyde’s father) and how when he said the prayers before a meal he always started his prayer, “Dear Lord, thank you for our work.”

Generations of my family have been impacted by Grandpa Grantham, a young married man and father during the Great Depression. This morning I received a group text from my eldest son, who is a mechanic for a gas company. The text was accompanied a picture of some big motor.

He wrote, “Man, I love when things go smooth and I can drop in a new piston first shot! It’s a beautiful morning!”

His sister texted back, “… since you’re a hard worker.” She was proud of her brother.

Thank you, Lord, for our work and for family that appreciates the blessings you give us in so many ways.

Now, I really need to get to work and get something accomplished today! Grandpa Grantham and Papa need to be proud, not disappointed in me!

Hope you enjoy your work today.

See you on the bricks.

May 23, 2019

One of my daughters gave me a book entitled “Between Me and You, Mom” and it has a bunch of open – ended questions to answer. The questions are ones that bring out things your kids might be interested in known about you or about what you think. Some of the questions were pretty thought provoking and took some time to answer.

As I went back and read what was asked and my answers, I thought that these would be good things to bring up in conversation between parents and kids. So often we think we know so much about someone, but the truth is that there is so much more to everyone.

So, one of the interesting questions was, “What interests and characteristics have you seen in me (your children) that you also had once upon a time?”

Every one of our kids has some of the same qualities as we, their parents. And when we find commonalities, then it’s it seems to be an easier relationship.

That question was followed by, “What characteristics do you think you and I share now?”

We can even bring in the grandparents as part of the conversation, if we want.

The next question was, “How do you think we are different?”

When I answered this one, I had to admit that my eldest son, Justin, has more patience than me and I always wish I was better at that. Missy is so happy to be at home; she loves being home and I wish I didn’t have such a wandering soul sometimes. I love how stable she is for her family. Lucas is such a researcher. I admire that in him because he goes to gain knowledge whereas I pretty much prefer to just be entertained. Lisa is very compassionate, and she has a willingness to DO something with her compassion. She acts out her compassion, helping people by cooking or babysitting or painting or visiting. That takes guts and energy.

Those are things that I should tell my children that I admire those qualities. We forget to tell our kids, too often, what we love about them. I’m pretty good at telling them what I think they’ve done poorly, and I should be just as diligent in telling them their good points.

And then there is the big question … “What do you think is my best quality?” Boy, this is one we need to tell our kids. They may not even realize we have noticed.

My eldest, Justin, is very accepting of people and their differences. He’s also opinionated, and I pray he doesn’t become so much more that he loses this acceptance. He has been a friend of the whole world for most of his life.

I respect Missy’s love of teaching. She loves helping people learn and bettering themselves. She nurtures all who let her and when we don’t, it can hurt her feelings. She was born to help people along their way.

Lucas’ best quality, in my opinion, is his intensity. I can also be his most irritating at times. To be around someone who lives life with such intensity and passion reminds me to never forget to live.

Lisa’s best quality is her earnest and fair honesty. She loves life and all that goes with it. It is heavenly to be part of her reality.

To be fair, I have three in – laws that deserve to know the same things. I am going to work on doing that because I have been very blessed with the folks my children have chosen to marry.

Then to book poses the question, “What do you think is my not – so – best quality?” I’m not going to share all my answers there, but I do have to repeat what I wrote about Lisa. “Lisa being the matchmaker for every stray dog is an emotional roller coaster for her.” So, it’s not my favorite quality because it is so hard on her. I do think it’s a good thing for someone to do, though.

And lastly, “So far, have I turned out pretty much the way you expected I would? Any surprises?”

So, maybe this little books questions have raised some topics you could visit with your kids about … they could be interesting!

The recent graduation cards could hold a few of these types of comments in them. Hope you’re all enjoying the graduations with your family and friends.

Support Group for Diabetics is at the Heritage Community Assisted Living facility at 5:30 pm on May 27.

Family Game Night at the Guymon Public Library is May 28 from 5 to 7 pm.

I read in the newspaper that the Carson and Barnes Circus will be at the fairgrounds on May 30 with shows at 4:30 and 7:30 pm.

Friends of the Library Afternoon Friendship Tea with Author Jodi Thomas is June 1 at 3 pm in the library.

Some fun things coming up to do in Guymon!

See you on the bricks.

May 13, 2019

April 2019 has gone and the official Community Clean – Up month is over. The community worked hard to spiff up a little and get ready for company coming to town. The number of hours reported back to Main Street Guymon on clean – up hours is 825.5.

“This is the number of hours turned in to us,” says Main Street Director Melyn Johnson. “I am sure it does not include everyone’s extra efforts to pick up trash, mow, plant flowers, paint, and whatever else they’ve done. So, this is a great turn out.”

Cleanup

Evlyn Schmidt, a retired OPSU librarian, worked on four different crews during the Community Clean – Up in Guymon. She was probably part of the reason each of those groups joined in the trash pick up during the month of April. The Main Street Guymon Board of Directors appreciate the volunteers who make the programs, such as the Community Clean – Up, possible. Were it not for our volunteers, we would only be an idea. View all photos on Facebook.

Many businesses got into the groove and joined, including

  • Bank of the Panhandle,
  • Memorial Hospital,
  • PCHC,
  • PTCI,
  • Top Hand Western Store, and
  • Verizon.

Others have said that they’re still planning to step up in May!

School groups really stepped up. They include, from OPSU, the

  • Science Club,
  • football players,
  • HALO (Hispanic American Leadership Organization),
  • PBL (business club), and
  • OPSU Upward Bound.

Guymon school groups included the

  • Alma Folklorica Dancers,
  • GHS BPA (business club), and
  • junior high students.

Several church groups pitched in, too.

  • The Connections Church,
  • First Christian Church,
  • Nazarene Church youth,
  • Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispanic church,
  • Seventh Day Adventist Pathfinders, and
  • Victory Center youth all helped.

The largest group of helpers involved the local organizations such as

  • Boy Scouts,
  • Girl Scouts,
  • Glasswing Garden Club,
  • Guymon 4-H,
  • Junior 4-H,
  • Lions Club,
  • Recycle Guymon,
  • Rose Garden Club,
  • Texas County Democrats, and
  • YMCA.

Some local individuals worked and cleaned up on public lands, too. Those that send in their time included Linda Burke, Vonda Wilkins, Jim Norris and crew, Bob and Paula Lucas, and Jill and Mac Johnson.

Several people need to be recognized for their efforts, although everyone who participated (whether turning in hours or not) should be commended. Evlyn Schmidt, a retired librarian, helped three different groups pick up trash and was given the Main Street Guymon Vital Volunteer for her work. Teri Mora brought in three different groups from OPSU and the high school that put in a huge number of accumulated hours. She is also one of the many who has been a part of this program for almost ten years. Bob Lucas is over 85 years old and picked up trash along Highway 136 South.

“The people inspired me,” says Johnson. “They just do what needs to be done and it’s not for the pats on the back or for any other reason that it’s the right thing to do. They are what make this a great place to be.”

The volunteers picked up trash or did other clean-up along all the highway entrances coming into Guymon, along Main Street / Highway 64, at the county fairgrounds, at all the community parks, along the railroad easement in town, at the airport, along East Street, down some of the alleys, on the school campus, around the hospital, at the nursing home, Kid’s Inc. ball fields, at the rodeo grounds, at the post office, at the Y, and other areas.

“Thank you to all who helped,” said Johnson. “And thanks to those who are still working on some of the clean – up projects in May. You’re all community heroes!”

May 11, 2019

Reading is a joy to me. Having a good book in hand can make any day bearable. Books are an adventure to be taken, facts to learn, and experience to aspire to.

Books are my friends.

Friends that don’t talk bad about you. Friends that don’t expect you to do things that are difficult for you. Friends that don’t require your undivided attention. Friends that don’t talk down to you.

Books are safe.

My mama read to me when I was young. The kid’s dad and I read to them when they were young. In fact, their dad would be so animated reading to them, everyone sitting on the little twin bed, that it is a favorite memory of those days. You can hand down the love of books.

We read to all four of the kids, but not all read books the way Lucas does. Yet they know of books and have seen the joy they can bring.

There are many things that we hand down to our kids and grandkids. Not just the DNA things like eye color, big hands, curly hair, but how we react and act to certain instances.

Our children can learn to take responsibility for their own actions from us.

Our children can learn how to treat others from us.

Our children can learn how to show respect from us.

Our children can learn a good work ethic from us.

Our children can learn how to eat without making noise or being gross from us.

Our children can learn how to be clean from us.

Or they can learn other things.

No matter how many kids we have, each will take the same lessons and turn them into their own person. But we are an important part of the root of these choices. And yet their choice is what they follow is their call, their responsibility.

And my mistakes are not the fault of my parents.

It’s a harsh day when we realize this, but it’s the day that begin to grow into the individual humans we are. It is also when we start to realize that our parents did the best they could at the time. And when we are the parent, we also won’t be perfect. I shudder, remembering some of the mistakes I made as a mom. But we do the best we can at the time.

Mother’s Day just passed. I hope you could focus on the good things about your mother and grandmother and about the good things that they gave their children. I hope you were able to let the regrets rest that day.

And for those who had children, I hope you had a blessed Mother’s Day.

For those who love someone as a mother, I hope you had a blessed Mother’s Day.

For those who have stepchildren, I hope you had a blessed Mother’s Day.

For those who have a pet that is their child, I hope you had a blessed Mother’s Day.

For all the Godmother’s, I hope you had a blessed Mother’s Day.

And for all those who have buried a child or not carried a child full term, my prayers were with you on Mother’s Day.

See you on the bricks.

May 10, 2019

I hear so much about leadership, being a leader, developing leadership skills, and all that stuff. Never has there been a How to be a Follower class, has there? I guess because that’s just easy to do. But there should be a class on How to be an Excellent Helper. That isn’t so easy.

And then you learn that being a great helper is one of the aspects of leadership.

This can be so confusing.

In a recent Toastmaster magazine, an article said, “Great leaders last because they lead themselves first.”

Seems to only add to the confusion, so I read on.

The writer says there are five traits to outstanding leadership. The first one is the “head,” or the brain, but specifically, learning. We need to keep learning to make better decisions.

“When we stop learning,” writes Mohammed Murad, “our brains start deteriorating, as do our leadership capabilities. The ‘head’ in leadership entails a relentless thirst for knowledge … leadership requires balance, not only in gaining knowledge but also in being levelheaded in decision – making. Balance helps us carefully weigh possible outcomes or consequences of decisions we make.”

He says the second trait is “heart. It takes a strong heart to take risk …. Yet risks that are fortified with knowledge and with balance from the head become calculated risks.

“For example, Mahatma Gandhi took a huge risk when deciding to lead India’s non – violent protests against British rule. His heart was drawn to leading change, yet he wasn’t acting impulsively. His actions were based on the knowledge he gained while studying law in England, along with his experience …

“His knowledge, coupled with his legal background, turned his calculated risk into one of the greatest leadership journeys in history – one that led India to independence and inspired peaceful protest and civil rights movements for years to come.

“In addition to his passion and knowledge, Gandhi used another aspect of the heart: empathy. He cared greatly for those he wanted to help. Taking a risk and focusing purely on goals, without regard to people, deprives leaders of a crucial element – loyal followers, who believe in the goal and in the leader.

Health is the third trait. “Health is often neglected by some leaders, who think they lack the time to tend to their own well – being. It is flawed thinking to believe that achieving goals is the utmost priority without considering how both the head and the heart will weaken without physical and mental health. A holistic approach needs to include the three main elements of attaining physical health: nutrition, exercise and sleep.”

Fourth is humility. “Successful leadership will only be attained if followers feel genuinely appreciated and treated with respect. That achievement begins with respect for oneself.

“Only humble leaders can be generous in giving due credit to whomever deserves it.

“Humility requires being a good listener, a trait that conveys a person is caring and is comfortable putting other people first. Leadership begets more leaders. Outstanding leaders treat everyone else as if they are also leaders or leaders waiting to emerge.

“Humility is often confused with passivity or meekness. This is not true. A leader can be humble but also aggressive in achieving goals and taking risks.”

The fifth trait is happiness. “We have many reasons for wanting to better lead ourselves or others, but the true and ultimate reason to lead is to achieve happiness…. To find our leader within ourselves, we must remove our self – doubt, along with the tendency to doubt others, and be confident.”

If happiness is the goal, then we should all aspire to become leaders.

I don’t know about you, but I need to work on number three. Badly. It is time for me to “quit dinking around” as my dad would say. Is there one of those traits you are thinking you need to concentrate on for a bit?

Interesting. And still a little confusing.

I hope you all had a wonderful Pioneer Days. It sure looked the class reunion was having a good time. And for those who have been attending graduations, I hope each of your graduates have a blessed ceremony and time.

We have had lots of visitors this past month. There’s also the OPSU rodeo, the Five State motorcyclists and the bronc school participants. For each of you that helped welcome our visitors, thank you!

Catch you on the bricks!

April 30, 2019

This month has been filled with blessings. Over 750 volunteer hours reported in and who knows how many done without me knowing. It is daunting. It is glorious. To have so many people willing to give time just to make their community look better, just to have some pride in our town, is amazing.

But through the month, checking places that need cleaned up, checking them after a crew goes to them, my eye started being drawn to trash. Yes, I noticed the water bottle that someone tossed out or it blew out of the back of a pick up. Yes, I wondered why the shop owner didn’t take those 20 steps and lean over and toss it. Yes, I found myself being a little critical at times.

Last Saturday, after handing out vests and trash bags and talking about places to go and clean – up, I drove to Goodwell to watch the OPSU Aggie baseball team win their last home game of the season. The weather was perfect. The company sitting by me on the bleachers was interesting. It was a great day. My mind was filled with happy thoughts, my face had a smile.

Then I drove on home and as I approached my house, the community clean – up trash filled mind came back. I saw it. My house was one of those that I wondered why someone didn’t take the time to mowed. Yeah, it was me.

Those moments are just harsh. They make us remember that there are times we do and are the very thing that we are working against. So, I got my rear end in gear and got a check to who does my lawn. The very day, I lawn was mowed and I had a lesson.

When we’re feeling critical, we might need to take a moment and consider our own story.

And while we’re talking about trashy stories, let me share a few.

A group of high school kids, under the leadership of Teri Mora, had two hours set aside for clean – up. They divided up and went to several areas. If they finished before quitting time, 11 am, then they went to the area behind Wall’s. That hill catches all sorts of trash. We have lots of wind and much of it deposits trash there on that hill.

At 11, the crew leader called out that it was quitting time. Most of the kids said they would leave when the job was done. And they stayed another 20 minutes and finished the job.

Those are the kids that I want to hire. They are the ones I want on my team. This work ethic why there are times we see greatness in our town.

How about the fact that my mom and her husband, 81 – years – old and over 85 – years – old, came and got trash bags and picked up trash on Highway 136 south. That can make a person feel guilty for not getting of their duff for an hour.

And Evlyn Schmidt, a retired librarian who came in with three different groups and picked up trash. Or maybe it was four groups. Anyway, she put in a lot of Main Street Guymon time in April.

What a great month. Over 750 hours have been turned in thus far on community clean – up and I know there were a lot of other people who did the work but didn’t feel inclined to tell me. There were businesses that paid their employees to do some of this community service. There were others that did the work on their property that needed done. What it amounts to, no matter how it got done, things are looking better around here!

Take a walk around your place and see how it looks. Tell those you saw working at it that they did a good job. And thank you to all of you. You make me proud.

And remember, the wind blew since we picked up trash, so some has been rearranged. Let’s not wait until the September Community Clean – Up to pick it up!

While you’re on the bricks, take a look at RC Party and More’s building façade at 5th and Main. Looking good. Looking good.

See you on the bricks!

April 27, 2019

There are some sayings about procrastinators and the art of procrastination that make me laugh. But working with someone who is a procrastinator doesn’t make me laugh. Or even grin. And procrastinating myself about something can certainly raise my level of anxiety.

The March Toastmaster magazine had an article giving advice for us when we do procrastinate. This advice makes a lot of sense.

Mel Robbins, a motivational speaker, has a Five Second Rule. That rule is that if you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within five seconds or your brain will kill the idea.

Neuroscientists have found that people have about a five second gap between a stimulus and the way they typically respond to it. She believes it is within that gap that we have the power to change our lives.

“When you decide to do something, count back 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1, and immediately take action. The more you do that, the more your brain gets wired for action and the less you’ll fall victim to your mental resistance.”

Instead of hitting the snooze button in the morning, Robbins counted down five seconds and propelled herself from bed. She did it again and again over the coming days and discovered she had a brief window of time before her mind killed her positive thoughts.

She believes if you don’t start doing the things that feel difficult or uncomfortable – if you simply wait around for motivation to strike – you’ll wake up a year from now in the same place.

Robbins had several other suggestions with the Five Second Rule. If there is something that must be done, now: concentrate. Eliminate distractions like social media, email, text, or phone calls (forward calls to voicemail or turn off phone apps and notifications) and focus on the task at hand.

If there is no obvious urgency with a task and it can be moved back, do so. You can purposely procrastinate responding to emails and set a time later in the day and answer them in a batch. Or on a bigger scale, put a freeze on hiring new employees after an unexpected change in corporate leadership.

“Robbins and other experts say setting limits on technology use can increase energy, sharpen our focus, and boost our daily work output.” Robbins herself says one of the most powerful changes she’s made in her life is to leave her phone in the closet at night to recharge. “No more keeping the phone by the bed so I can scroll through social media or answer work emails before bed or first thing in the morning,” she said. “I sleep so much better now and feel energized in the morning.”

The time of the day your mental ability peaks and you’re most productive is your “Einstein Window.” Save your most important tasks for these windows.

Taking a moment and backing away from work can improve your focus. A walk outside the office, ten minutes of checking in with another person can help recharge for challenges ahead.

And use accountability measures.

These are some suggestions from that article that might help us to accomplish some big and small goals.

And never forget the great quote by Ellen DeGeneres, “Procrastinate now, don’t put it off.”

Pioneer Day week has begun, and I love this time of year! The town looks wonderful this year with all the community clean – up that has happened, the streets are freshly painted, and the grass is green. I believe pioneers are the perfect people to celebrate here. Some are descendants of folks who left their home and settled here, and we have people who just recently did so. All pioneers in their own right. Strong people. Brave people. Adventurous people.

Don’t miss whichever part of Pioneer Days is your favorite. I love the Saturday morning free breakfast. It takes place at the commercial building on the fairgrounds early in the morning. There are so many good things happening, the parade, the carnival, the Old Timer’s Registration (and you don’t have to be old to be an Old Timer … just 50 years in the Panhandle area or so) and they have free doughnuts, the mercantile, rodeo, Rotary BBQ, the boats and train at Thompson Park, and so much more.

See you on the bricks!

April 23, 2019

Readers Digest is a magazine that condenses stories and reruns them from other places. I read last month’s Readers Digest and I’m going to give it a whirl to condense the condensed story … hoping you enjoy it as much as I did.

Angela Peter’s rolled her wheelchair into a nail salon located at the Walmart shopping center in Michigan with the idea of bedazzling her fingers. But Peters, who has cerebral palsy, was turned away. The salon (not owned by Walmart), she says, told her they were afraid it would be too difficult to properly paint her nails given that her hands shook.

Watching Peter’s disappointment a few feet away was a Walmart cashier about to go on her break. Ebony Harris, 40, later said, “She’s a girlie girl. She’s just like you, me, my daughter, anybody. She wants to look pretty. So why can’t she?”
Harris, who had a break from work, approached Peters and offered to do her nails. They went to the beauty aisle where they bought a bright blue nail polish. Then they went to a neighboring Subway, found a table for two, and Harris gently took Peter’s hand into hers and began painting her nails.

A fellow Walmart employee stopped and suggested to add a little extra zing. So, they added some glitter polish.

Subway employee Tasia Smith watched the gentleness displayed by Harris while the two chatted as if they were old friends. Smith wrote about it on Facebook and said, “Thank you to the Walmart workers for making this beautiful girl’s day!”

There are so many ways that this story makes me have faith in humankind. We all have opportunities like the one presented to Ebony Harris, but we don’t all take advantage of them. Ebony Harris is a hero, in my book.

Another personal hero is my mother, Paula Lucas. She and her husband, Bob, came by yesterday and got some trash bags and went out and spent an hour picking up trash on the highway. My mother is 81 and Bob is at least five years older than she. Yeah, that’s impressive, you have to admit!

Don’t miss the OPSU Rodeo this weekend at the Hitch Arena on Sunset in Guymon. It’s free admission and there are some exceptional OPSU cowboys to cheer on. And they’ll probably be winning, too!

Hope your Easter was blessed with wonderful family and friends.

See you on the bricks!