2016-11-24 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Plenty of reasons to be thankful

Candlelight Shopping in Downtown Washington was a big success with dozens and dozens of children, their parents and grandparents, plus many more citizens from Wilkes County and surrounding areas enjoying the beautifully lighted Christmas tree and the snowing on the newly renovated Square. City workers worked for weeks, sometimes from before daylight to after dark to bring about the transformation. School children made hundreds of ornaments to decorate the magnificent Christmas tree in the center of The Square. And it all came together perfectly. There were hundreds of people from all over everywhere who also came to shop in our beautifully decorated shops and enjoy refreshments. The snow continued solidly ... Read The News-Reporter from cover to cover for more activities on The Square. l

There will be snow on The Square on December 3, 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.; December 10, 6-8 p.m.; December 17, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; and on December 20, 5-7 p.m. The Parade of Lights will be on December 10. l

Don’t forget the Christmas Tour of Homes and Candlelight Dinner on December 9 and 10 There will also be a trolley tour spotlighting the many stainedglass windows in town. See The News-Reporter for all the details. l

The annual Episcopal Church luncheon and bazaar is December 3, 11:30 a.m. l

I found this list of Christmas Gift Selections in a book I was reading last week. The writer is Oren Arnold, an American writer and editor:

To every enemy, forgiveness.

To an opponent, tolerance.

To a friend, your heart.

To a customer, service.

To all, charity.

To every child, a good example.

To yourself, respect. l

I said I was not going to write about my family anymore but the following item came to my attention. With the interest of many of us in who meets who when we go out of town, I have to explain something first. Many of you (oldies) know that a third person lived in our house in addition to my parents, my sister Jo (Bug), and me. He is my double-first cousin, Don Taylor. If you don’t know what a double-first cousin is, here’s my explanation of this one. Don’s mother was Grace Rider, and his daddy was a Taylor. My mother was a Taylor and my daddy was a Rider. They were brothers and sisters. In 1940 Don’s mother had brain surgery (who has brain surgery in the 1930s and 1940s and survives?) She survived but was paralyzed on one side. Don came to live with us that year when he was six years old; Bug was seven years old; and I was eight years old. His daddy died when Don was in the second grade. He lived with us from that time, graduating from Washington High School, Georgia Military College, and the University of Georgia, and then joined the United States Marine Corps. Like we did, he always called 123 Court Street home, until he married Miriam Smith of Lyons. Miriam recently had a light stroke and entered a rehabilitation center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. There have always been Taylors all over the country, but Riders were, as Mama would say, “as scarce as hen’s teeth.” At the rehab center, Miriam’s doctor is Dr. Matthew Rider; and her Physician’s Assistant (PA) is Janice Taylor. l

We are sad to see Kelly and Tony Powell and Karen and David Chafin sell their Georgia Respiratory Home Care business after 16 years of providing health care in Washington-Wilkes and surrounding counties. Many will miss their kind and caring service which has been their trademark during the years. l

I asked for readers of this column to call, write, or e-mail me things for which they are thankful during this Thanksgiving season. My e-mail has been “out of commission” for about a month now, and I did not get any phone calls or mail, so here are a few or which I am thankful. I’m thankful for the renovation of The Square in Downtown Washington and for those who worked so hard to make it so beautiful. And I’m thankful, too, for those who planned it. We can be proud of it. ... I’m thankful for the good government which we have; for the Washington City Council, Tignall City Council, Rayle City Council, and the Board of Education, and Board of Commissioners, which all make Washington-Wilkes a great place to live. ... I’m thankful for Wills Memorial Hospital and all the services it offers. . . . I’m thankful for friends who do so much for each other; for baseball, and for sidewalks on which to walk safely. ... I’m thankful for the people in my church who are as good as gold, who look after each other, and are very caring. ... I’m thankful for this country and that this is where I live, and I pray for its safety and for the new administration. l

I like to read books by Susan Wiggs. I would never even think of making a quilt and knitting, but I enjoy her writings about these two things. Last week, I was reading one titled “The Goodbye Quilt.” She was telling about saving fabric and thread and other things that go into quilt making. This one was being made from things that were used in her 18-year-old daughter’s life through the years. But when she finished the quilt she realized that she couldn’t give it to her daughter because it was reminiscent of her own life rather than that of her daughter. Her comment was, “How do you say goodbye to a piece of your heart? You don’t ever have to. There’s always a way to keep the things we hold most dear.” I can relate to that.

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