What’s Left?

Sep 8th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Opinion

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

I love living in this small town. There are so many good things about it that I can’t begin to number them here. But one thing I am not fond of is that almost every week - especially as you get older - someone you know passes away. And you don’t just know them - you know their family. You remember their kids when they were born and as they grew up. It’s just the whole book of their lives that you see. Well, not quite in my case because I have not lived here my whole life but  most of my life -  but I have certainly seen the children of my friends be born and grow up. And that is a blessing in itself. After all, it’s like the old saying goes, it’s not how you died but how you lived. And Janie was always a live wire. She was one of those direct people who would pretty much tell you how it is - without sugar-coating it. I liked that about her - as most people did. She was a talented and intelligent person who served the ambulance service in this city for years and years and then taught emergency medical technology in Searcy at ASU-Searcy and before that, Foothills Vo-Tech. She was a good person who cared about people. She will be greatly missed in this community.

The last time I saw her, July 18, 2011 - at the benefit given in her honor - she said to me, “I am the luckiest person in Arkansas.”  I know that she believed that due to the family and friends that she has.

Our prayers are with her family at this time.

Go to your happy place - good advice for all of us.

See you next week.