Life’s Reflections: Where’s Mom and Dad when we need them

Here is just a small portion of the things I have of Mom and Dad;mom's family tree in both the book and scroll shown and Dad in his Army photo complete with his U.S service status information. (Linda Moody photo)

What were we thinking when we were younger and couldn’t wait to be older?
Sometimes, I would love to go back in time just to remember how good of a life we had.

It’s not that bad now, but having our family together once again would be wonderful.

Now, as another year passes, I feel like I ought to kick myself in the rear-end for ever thinking of growing up.

I don’t know how often I think to myself that I wish Mom and Dad were still here. I need their advice.

Dad would help me out with my auto issues since he worked in an auto garage while growing up in Greenville. He would advise me on what to look for if I decided to buy and when to get something fixed.

As for Mom, she was very talented and creative. She cooked, sewed, canned, and froze food…lots of things. I didn’t get all of her talents, and I could use some of that information today.

But, like they say, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Why didn’t I pay more attention back then?

Sometimes, I just don’t want to adult anymore, but I have no choice, I guess. I do, however, want to pass on what all I’ve learned about life to my son and other close family and acquaintances.

I couldn’t have asked for a better life.

I have made mistakes, plenty of them, but Mom and Dad still loved me and my siblings no matter what.

I can handle most things nowadays, but am I doing the right thing and making good decisions? Mom and Dad would know how to handle some of these situations. Time, only time, will tell on my part.

In recent days, I’ve gotten the urge to organize things in life, such as photos, paperwork, and my writings in our household.

Together, Jamie and I have photos, but it’s not at the hoarding stage. We went through what we had here and there and sorted them out.

Taking pictures was one of my jobs over the years, and Jamie, for quite a few years, took photos on the instamatic cameras that were available at one point in time. He took photos all of the time…any time and anywhere. I don’t know if he had more than I did, but there are lots of them, and he doesn’t seem to want to part with a lot of them. He’s a creature of habit.

We still have photos in storage that we want to go through. Decisions, decisions.
Then, my sisters and I are planning to go through all of the photos Mom left behind sometime soon, which means there will be more. But it’s going to be fun and take us back in time.

One day, while organizing, I found the container that I keep funeral cards in and found it quite interesting. I got several ideas while doing so. I could make a list of families and dates of their deaths as well as classmates and old work friends. But with my age, I am just hoping I would be able to finish that project.

Life is all about people and memories. I’m game.


Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of Paul G. Mikesell, Beverly Birt, James McGriff, Mary K. Johnson, Donna Thompson, Steven D. Enicks, Neil Bryson, Barbara Heck, G.Scott Smith, and Gilbert Knapke.

Please pray for these people: Don Moody, Ellie Carder, Kinley Bernard, Kathy Burke, Gladys Neff, Kara Didier, Carl Francis, Craig “Cheese” Thompson, Don DeBord, Otis Stewart, Chris Clark, Kyle Kaiser, Tina Ruble Ullery, Cindy Lovejoy, Janet Kammer, Slug Midlam, Bob Peters, Phyllis Brumbaugh, Sonny Custer, Judy Collins, Linda Gasper, Carol Hemmerich, Stephanie Klingshirn, Alice Knick, Brenda Schlechty, Betty Burnfield, Dan Lockhart, Roberta Hall, Pam Norman-Penticuff, Kelly Kelch, Mike Mayse, Larry Linder, Steve Waymire, Jamie Knick, Nikole Baldridge, Chester Bryant, Lester Beisner, Delores Beisner, Kermit Foureman, Chuck “C.W.” Cruze, Mark Lovejoy.

Also, Judy York, Donald Booker, Dennis Leeper, Connie Stachler, Randy Heck, Ronnie Norton, Jeremy “Jerm” Burke, Gary Eichler, David Pretzman, Clinton Randall, Ralph Byrd, Doug Winger, Sonja and Dan Coppess, Bruce Kaiser, Amanda Mote, Paul Gigandet, Doug Whittington, Tracy Pratt, John Rimmer, Joan Keen, Larry P. Fitzwater, Jim Thomas, Neal Gray, Judie Hathaway, Randy Garrison, Kathy Gragorace, Becky Everhart, Donna Bixler, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all others who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.


Happy birthday:
March 1 to  Carol Ungericht, Doug Albers,  Barbara Snyder, and April Warren.
March 2 to Virginia Scanlon, Norma Garland, Jason  Wright, Dustin Hall, twins Diane Zimmer and Donald Hathaway, Cheryl Runner Dynes, Angie Perkins, Layton Davis, and Darin Leeper.
March 3 to Keith Foutz, Eric Wagner, Jean Derr, Marvin Fourman, and Amanda Mote.
March 4 to Jeff Goines, Sheena Yeomans, Shaun Thornhill, Deb Hamby, Molly Null, Bobby Wills-Livingston, twins Darlene Royer and Darla Brumbaugh and Aleda Drew.
March 5 to Rick Brewer, Angela Millhouse, Sheila Reed, Bryan Birt, Ronda Riegle Vance, Don Shilt, Isabelle Long, Tracy Harshman, Luke Moore, Norma Bruner, Gail Bankson, and Betsy Kemp.
March 6 to Rick Elliott, Melikka Riffell, Sandy Easterling, Linda Landis-Matte, Gail Bankson, Linda Norton Temple, Carrie Hall, Stacie Lawrence Kammer, Destinie Mason, Sharon Lapp and Diane Addington.
March 7 to  Holly Riffell, Deanna Young, Christina Nestor, Kelli Nicodemus, and Debbie Perry Clark.

Happy anniversary to Nevin and Donna “Pauline” (Riffell) Elleman (60 years) on March 7.

Think about it: “The problem isn’t change, per se, because change is going to happen. The problem, rather, is the inability to cope with change when it comes.” — Author Unknown