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When I realized it was late spring in northern Mississippi, I also thought about the lack of fireflies as they normally make a mass of green, blinking lights in the pastures surrounding our house. Always a favorite memory from my childhood in Hurricane was when cousins would visit Papa Graham’s old house, and we would catch “lightning bugs” on the lawn as they are called in the Deep South. The old folks chatted on the porch in the cool of the evening as we played near the glowing light bulb. We asked him permission to enter his hammers (ball and point) in the nearby smokehouse because we used them and nails to make holes in the lids of the Mason jars; so that we can put our insects in the glass jars. Our kind mom Graham told us to put green leaves; so that the bugs feel at home in our bug keeper. In an emergency, when the hammers couldn’t be found in the dark smokehouse, we got the kitchen ice pick (such a kid-safe utensil) to do the vents. Glad I didn’t see “Fried Green Tomatoes” when I was still in a hurry to pass the wooden salt box looking like an old coffin full of cured hams, or my bug keeper would suffocate God’s creatures as Mama Graham would warn.
The thrill of the firefly hunt was on, and if you had a Ball Jar with a metal handle, then you had an impromptu lantern to gloat over your cousins’ regular mason jar. By the way, there is an initiative in Mississippi to designate areas for “lightning bug trails” as part of tourism. At Wall Doxey State Park is an example of a tourist route for the future. Many neighborhoods have too much artificial light to naturally pursue insects. So, happy hunting with your “grandarlins” in the future, because all of mine have already followed the track training at Mud Creek Bottom.
Anniversary milestones are for the following couples for June: Dewitt and Verline Stepp-68, Clarenda and Larry Parrish-53, Beverly and Rusty Cummings-51, Bilbo and Pat Russell-51, Mike and Lynn Spears-52, Garry and Linda Graham- 51, Jim and Pam Lessell-49, Bradley and Kathy Montgomery-49, Ronnie and Lawanda Hale-47.
Birthday wishes are as follows for June: Braxton Hooker, Bo Barefield, Jack Robbins, Phil Warren, BJ Moore, Paul Moore, Faye Sills, Bro. Clifton Waldron, Ashley McGee, Dewitt Stepp, Linda Weeden, Rhett Russell, Jake Leath, Ryder Leath, Reena Buchanan, Katie Stutto, Lisa Bryant, Bro. Wayne Logan, Landon Kidd, Glenda Hale, Easton Smith and Mike Bain.
The wishes of recovery are: Sally Weeden, Casey Deaton, Reba Graham, Wayne Logan and LaRonda Shumpert.
Jason Hall and Jeffry Hall attended the Mother’s Day service at Hurricane Baptist with their mother, Jeannette Cook (Walt).
Ruby Jeaul Goggans vacationed with her son, Robby, as he drove them around points of interest in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas after their year at home due to the pandemic. Some of the areas visited are: Vicksburg Battlefield and the town’s pre-war homes; the town of Natchitoches, Louisiana, where the movie “Steel Magnolias” was filmed, and homes associated with Aunt Fern and Clairee’s movie, Truvy’s # 2 Lounge and Wedding Reception House; the cities of East Texas; and a return to Natchez for a two-day tour of the pre-war houses there;
and finally on the way back via Holmes Community College to tour the campus as Ruby Jeaul attended from 1950 to 1992. It’s great that this retired teacher and her son had a great vacation, and they have thanked God for His blessings on their safe journey and for the opportunity to create new family memories as they love to travel.
Walter Clyde and Kathy Richardson celebrated their Golden Anniversary on May 21, 2021 while I was enjoying a visit to their home in Pinedale. Their great-granddaughter Violet Hunnicut will celebrate her first birthday in June.
Larry Keith Hale of Austin, Texas recently visited his mother, Bobbie, at her home in Haletown Lane.
Steve and Debbie Graham from Colorado City, Texas, visited Graden and Susan Hooker last week during the torrential rains. Steve came to Sardis Lake fishing with Colt, Braxton and Graden. The rain called off their fishing, but the ladies continued to shop in New Albany and Pontotoc as Freida Browning and Faye Dillard came every day to join the group and a great steak barbecue.
Terri Smith received a retirement party at NPAC as she retired as an elementary school principal after a teaching career that spanned 31 years. In attendance were her husband, Roger Smith, her sons Trae, Easton and Suanna Smith, and her parents, Zane and Glenda Hale, all of Hurricane, as well as a host of colleagues and friends.
On June 9, Etta’s Sue Morrison and Faye Dillard attended a Republican Women’s Club lunch in Oxford at McEwen’s. The guest speaker was Secretary of State Michael Watson.
Melinda Nowicki of Pontotoc enjoyed a Southern Home Vegetable and Cornbread dinner with Faye Dillard at her Duncan Creek home last Tuesday.
James Lynch of Oxford attended Hurricane Baptist services on June 6 with his grandparents, Nellie and Lynn Robbins. Her great-grandmother is Larue Hill of Shady Grove.
I spent a day of basketball at New Site as Aden Hooker will be senior with the Kady Royals in the fall there. They beat Pine Grove and Smithville that day. These air conditioned gyms are great!
I enjoyed an afternoon visit to Jimmie G. Warren’s beautiful lawn and picked up two monster ferns from Ecru as one was a present from our Sunday school class and the other from my family and from Faye. We are delighted that the restrictions related to the pandemic have been lifted. Now Jeff will have some extra work repotting the ferns for his porch.