Under the shade tree

Last updated: June 04. 2014 1:12PM - 106 Views
By Marie Faircloth Contributing columnist

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Greetings everyone, “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. “Live, love, and laugh. It’s good to laugh; it will relieve stress.

Our hearts are saddened this morning as we received word that one of our own, Ms. Doshia Pridgen, has passed. We are reminded of Paul, when he says to be absent from this world is to be present with the Lord. Rest in peace Ms. Doshia. You fought a good fight. You kept the faith; go rest high on that mountain!!! Prayers and thought to all our sick and shut in. Be strong; put your trust and faith in Jesus!

Oh my goodness, the Older American Month celebration was a blast! The weather was great. About 300 people signed in; so much fun and fellowship. Thanks to St. Stevens Male Chorus Singers, the sitting singing seniors, Brenda and Al Harmon, Ms. Senior Sampson County, Judy Sumberlin, and the Fisher Day Care; the entertainment was wonderful! A special thanks to Ms. Donna Lander and her group. We love ya’ll. A special shout out to Ms. Pauline Cole and Sampson County Parks and Recreations, Mr. Music Man Charles Powell, and all who donated; I can’t name everyone. Everitt and Lyndia Fryar and your extended family, Ms. Lynette Spearman, Hardee’s, Ms. Becky; we appreciate ya’ll. Oh yeah, Liberty Hospice and the Clown, Marie and Rhonda; thanks. The list goes on. Thank you my friends Richard Carr, Linda Armwood, and all my volunteers. We are already planning next year’s event.

Computer classes are full. We are trying to work out another class. If interested, call our office 910-529-3931 or 910-305-0252 so we can get a count, and see what we can do.

Please plan to attend the Elder Abuse Workshop on June 9, 2014 from 9 a.m. until noon at Sampson Community College. For more information, call 910-592-4653.

A few words to live by; remember you can’t propel forward if you are always patting yourself on the back. Shirley Partridge states people aren’t as different as we think, “We may have different beliefs, but we are all pretty much alike.” Charles Kettering said, “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” Put other first; it will be make you feel so good.

If there are any seniors reading my article that attended, taught, or graduated from Eastern Carolina Indian School (ECI), would you please contact Dr. Susan Faircloth at 814-777-3290, or Steve Maynor at 759-1345. Dr. Faircloth is working on a project through NC State. She is doing interviews. You will receive a $25 gift card for participating in the interview.

Be safe in this heat. Drink plenty of water. Rest a while under the shade tree. Take time to smell the roses. Wasted opportunity is bad thing to lose.

(Editor’s note: Marie Faircloth is director of Garland’s Senior Center and a long-time columnist for The Sampson Independent.)

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