Childhood Memories

​Some childhood memories may be better left unsaid…

Or speak out, and rid yourself of all the fear and dread…*

Little Orphant Annie’s come to our house to stay, 

An’ wash the cups an’ saucers up, an’ brush the crumbs away, 

An’ shoo the chickens off the porch, an’ dust the hearth, an’ sweep, 

An’ make the fire, an’ bake the bread, an’ earn her board-an’-keep;

An’ all us other childern, when the supper things is done, 

We set around the kitchen fire an’ has the mostest fun 

A-list’nin’ to the witch-tales ‘at Annie tells about, 

An’ the Gobble-uns ‘at gits you 

Ef you Don’t Watch Out!

(lines from “Little Orphant Annie” 1885 by James Whitcomb Riley)

Some are luckier than others

Given their fathers and mothers,

But never doubt the love they had 

Through all your times of good and bad.

Write your story!*

**May Lyn 2016

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Christmas Season

​DECEMBER 27…I sit here watching a neighbor disassembling his Christmas lawn decorations…Santa, Reindeer, Snowman, Nativity Set. I realize Christmas Day is past, but only by two days!

When is Christmas over for you? The day after, two days after, New Year’s Day, twelve days after? The excitement of Christmas builds to a climax on the morning of December 25, and then it stops, abruptly. Christmas is over, the New Year begins, and people go back to their normal lives.

Why is Christmas “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”? It is a most beautiful time of the year with lights glistening, maybe on new fallen snow and with a full moon for a backdrop. Most hearts seem lighter during the season except for those in despair and in need of prayer. Shouldn’t we be rejoicing in the Lord every day of the year? “Rejoice evermore; Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing”; and see Psalm 100. For those whose elation comes only with lights and libations, the saddest day of the year is December 26, because it’s all over and the depression soon sets in. Then…”In the dead of night we now strain for the chink of light that comes from a Bethlehem cave.”** 

What does the Christmas season mean to you? Do you remember ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’? What’s the message you get from that story? How would you explain Christmas to your future grandchildren? Is it about gifts or the Giver of gifts? “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is about the birth of our Saviour and love, even of a scraggly tree! 

Christmas is not a day, it’s a season…the season of our lives. “To everything there is a season…” 

May our Lord Jesus Christ continue to bring light to a world of darkness and hope to a world of despair. May you and yours have a “Merry Christmas” all year long! 

~May Lyn – December 27, 2016

**Ronald Knox

The Mouse That Wouldn’t Die

​”The Mouse That Wouldn’t Die”

In previous years when the mice came in from the cold we would purchase d-CON pellets. The mouse would eat them and go out for water. We never saw it again.

This year we couldn’t find that particular product so we bought another d-CON bait box. We put it in a safe place where Priscilla couldn’t get at it. 

This morning, while sitting in the kitchen, I heard a noise and saw movement on the floor out of the corner of my eye. I looked down and saw a mouse running in circles close to my chair. I thought, now what do I do? If I get up it will probably run off into another room, die, and I’ll never find it until it stinks. I stood up, the mouse kept circling. I grabbed the fly swatter and gave it three whacks. It stopped moving but was still breathing. I scooped it up, put it in a plastic bag, and put it in the trash can. A little later I heard a noise in the bag so I grabbed the bag, gave it a whack alongside the trash can and dropped it back in. No more noise from the critter. 

Why do I feel like a serial killer? I’m now thinking the mouse was having seizures and coming to me for help! Loving animals the way I do, I can’t believe I acted so uncompassionately toward a living creature. I’m still having trouble tonight knowing what I did to that mouse! 

(12/2016)