What’s Left?

May 5th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeaks adoptive baby

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeaks adoptive baby

Some weeks when I start to write this column, I have a little trouble deciding what to write about. Of course, usually, it has something to do with my cats. But this week, I have so many things I’d like to talk about - there is no way I have space to even touch on all of them.
But, I will try to relay some of my thoughts.
First, I want to say how proud I am to live in a city such as Beebe. I mean, anytime we’ve had an emergency, the whole town and lots of volunteers from in town and out of town, come together and help do whatever it takes. That has been the case this past week since the tornado of Monday night, April 25th. Our city officials and all city employees have gone out of their way to help in anyway possible. It will be a long road between here and recovery - but have patience and we will get there. And a special thanks to Entergy - in town - and First Electric - out of town - for their fast and persistant response to our needs. We appreciate your hard work under the adverse conditions that prevailed for several days.
Next, I would like to thank my niece, Chelsea, and her husband, Justin, for coming out to our house and working for hours in the rain -sometimes torrential - cutting down a huge tree trunk that fell in our backyard and carrying away the debris from that and another tree. Thank you so much!!!
Next, a big thank you to the good group of guys from Union Valley Baptist Church who came out and took care of several downed trees and broken trees at our house. What you did in a couple of hours would have taken us - well - we just couldn’t have done it. Thank you so much!!!!
Then, I just want to reflect on what you do and what you think about when you have no electricity for several days. You really have a lot of time to think and appreciate all you have in your life. That is one thing I did.  Someone asked me if I was being a pioneer woman. Well, no, I don’t think you would miss electricity as much if you never had it. But having had it for all my life, I missed it terribly. But I did try to focus on what was good rather than what was not and what were things I could not control. That was a tough exercise for me. But we are all stronger and continue to feel blessed for not having total destruction as those less fortunate than us in Vilonia and Tuscaloosa and other areas in the South.
Next week is graduation. Can you believe it?
Those are not all the things I wanted to talk about but maybe I can get to the rest next week.

Go to your Happy Place!!!

See you next week!