Start of school a “bittersweet moment”

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Rachel Harper

Rachel Harper

By Rachel Harper

School started this past week and that is a bittersweet moment, too, for parents and even for grandparents. Especially if you have a child that is just beginning school or will be a senior. Life is made of milestones and I for one have never handled milestones well. None of mine are in that category, but I do remember. My cousin, Laurie Lewis (who I will write about later), has a son, Wade, who will be a senior this year. She said that she remembers her grandma and mine, Genie Maude Wilson, saying, “Tie your apron strings loosely.” Grandma wrote an article about this when her next to the last grandchild, Sally Wade Stephens started to first grade. She wrote, “I feel right sad. Sally will never be the same little Sally again.” She went on to write, “Anyway, don’t keep them tied to tightly to your apron strings. Let the knot be a slip-knot so they can gradually, without knowing when they do it, pull away. It hurts you, but after all, you don’t want to raise a molly-coddle. You want your child to pull his own weight in the world, so start him to standing on his own two feet, whenever he begins to show he wants to try it. So, Sally, you are on your own now, but all of us, Mother, Father, Grandmas, Grandpas, Aunts, and Uncles are standing on the sidelines calling God’s attention to you and are ready to hold out a helping hand whenever you step off into something too deep for you! For you are still ours and we love you! When Sally and I were working on “the book,” Sally made a copy of this article and said she keeps it on her refrigerator. That was one of the days when there were tears during the putting together of the book. Even when you are adult children, you need to hear that from time to time.

Our Maggie is in the first grade this year and she says that her teacher wears lipstick! She likes her and says she loves first grade! So, that is good news!

I want to commend Gail Howell Wade of Buckhead for her excellent Letter to the Editor she wrote last week. If you haven’t read it, read it; she hit the nail on the head. I would also like to commend Shirlee Moore of Buckhead for her Letter to the Editor about the possibility of closing some election polling places. She hit it right on, too. Bobby Howington should be commended for trying to save the county money. People should quit trying to make this political and a racial issue. It is just good common sense.

I mentioned Laurie Lewis earlier and we all need to remember her in our prayers. After having some chest pains early last week, they determined that she had had a mild heart attack. They performed a heart catherization and found out she had three major blockages. She had heart surgery this morning (Monday) at Athens Regional. When the doctor got in he found another blockage, so she had quadruple bypass surgery. The doctors, she, and all of the family were shocked. The surgery went very well; she will spend a couple of days in ICU and then be moved to a regular room. We are all praying that she will be back to her happy, jovial self in no time!

Dean Strange remains at St. Joseph’s in Atlanta, and thankfully is showing some improvement, Allie Nash is at Egleston for intense rehab, and Bob Moorhead has been under the weather lately. Millie Henson is suffering from extreme back pain and has been for several weeks. Jamie Harper, brother to Janice Cronic, is seriously ill at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta suffering from a brain aneurysm. I know you join me in sending all of  these our get-well thoughts and prayers. Bunnie Schmitt is doing better after having a hard week fighting a staph infection in her arm, for which we give God praise.

Sally Stephens, Jane Phelps, Debbie Smoak along with other friends spent an enjoyable week at St. Simons Island. Josh Stephens from Atlanta was also down visiting with his family this past weekend.

Katja Seiger from Switzerland will be spending several weeks here with Scott Porter and other friends.

Gracin Wilkins had a part in the Oconee Youth Playhouse production of “A Little Mermaid,” this past weekend. The production will run again this coming weekend on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. These are always very, very, good!

Larry Brewer spent Monday afternoon with Frances Brewer down at The Lake Oconee House Assisted Living.

The Fairview Club and their spouses will have an end-of-summer cookout at the home of Sally Stephens on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 12:30 p.m. We are all looking forward to seeing Effie Powell who is here visiting from Italy.

Buckhead Station and Grill served their first Sunday lunch yesterday. They plan on opening again on Sunday, Aug. 25. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and will feature a variety of meats and vegetables.

Sandra and Jerry Brown invite everyone to come out to Center Pointe Church on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to get some really good pork barbecue plates. The price is $8 per plate and the church is also having a yard sale.

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