A Blessed Life (5)

My formal schooling began at age six in the first grade at Renaker Elementary School in the western end of Harrison County. It offered grades one through eight. Miss McKinley was the first grade teacher and she also drove a small van which picked up six or eight of us who lived back long lanes…

A Blessed Life (4)

Farm life was all I ever knew from the time I was a youngster until I went away to college. My father was a tenant farmer, and tobacco was literally our financial lifeline. That crop was dependent on hard work and the weather. My earliest remembrance of that work was watching my mother and father…

I Am Here

The women were quiet. Women working together had never been so quiet. They prepared the spices, moving silently and slowly around the house. They gathered the essential oils and put them in jars to carry to the tomb. The night had never been so dark or so silent. Unlike His birth—that was not a silent…

A Blessed Life (3)

After five years of being an only child, things changed. My sister, Mary Edna, was born July 4, 1951. With a five year age difference, and her being a girl, I continued to be a loner. I look back with regret that I was not a better big brother. In later years, we became much…

A Blessed Life (2)

The early years of my life were centered around family and church. I was born and reared in the Church of Christ and Christian Church. They were part of what was known as the Restoration Movement. This group was focused on restoring a simple New Testament order of faith and practice. Their motto was “In…

A Blessed Life (1)

I was the first child and only son born to Stanley Morrison and Garnetta Padgett. They were married on December 21, 1941. Shortly after their wedding, Stanley was called to serve his country during WWII.  After serving in the Army Signal Corps in England and France, he came home safely to a wife who had…

Try A Little Kindness

The late Glenn Campbell had many great hits, including “Try a Little Kindness.”  The words of the refrain go like this: “You got to try a little kindness; Yes, show a little kindness. Just shine your light for everyone to see; And if you try a little kindness; Then you’ll overlook the blindness; Of narrow-minded…

A Bank Account

A 92 year old petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by 8:00, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.  After many hours of waiting patiently…

A Little Horse Sense

   Most everybody who knows me knows that I love horses.  Currently I have five of them.  There’s Blazer, Fancy, Mountain Lady, Champ and Killian.  I don’t ride much anymore, but during the winter I feed them every day.  When it isn’t freezing cold, I sit on a bucket and just watch and listen to…

Believing When It’s Hard to Believe

Avid fans of the Andy Griffith Show will remember Mr. McBeevee. He was a utility worker that Opie met, a man who climbed trees, wore a hard hat, had tools strapped on a tool belt, and jingled when he walked. Mr. McBeevee befriended Opie and Opie was so impressed that when he described his new…