What’s Left?

Oct 4th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Opinion

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

In this job you get to observe many things - some good and some bad and most somewhere in between. But this past Saturday, I was an observer of the event that was the funeral of a fallen hero, Sgt. Jason Swindle. The funeral was held here at First Baptist Church - a perfect site for what turned out to be one of - if not the - biggest, most attended funerals by the Patriot Guard Riders and just average citizens in Beebe and surrounding areas. It was quite moving seeing all the bikers with their American flags lining the highway and the driveway to First Baptist Church and seeing all the people salute or place their hand over their heart as the funeral procession passed by. It’s such a sad thing - to lose a loved one - and to lose a soldier - someone who has sworn to protect our country and our way of life. We can never repay these people but it was very affirming to see all the people that gave up their time and came to Beebe to support the Swindle family. A big thank you to everyone who came out and for the orderly way in which everyone conducted themselves. It was an honor to be there.

On to other things.  This week my mother is celebrating her 85th birthday (Tues., Oct. 2) and she is someone to pattern your life after. She is always on the go - in fact - we say her middle name is “Go” - actually it could be. I believe in her whole life she probably has only said “no” to going someplace about twice  - when she was very ill. She loves to eat out and loves to explore new restaurants. She loves the Razorbacks (except this year) and keeps up with all her friends, family and church activities, gardens, loves her dog, Lil, and all my animals (sort of).

I am totally different from her - more like my dad - who will say “yes” to going somewhere as a last resort. But, back to my mom. She is so active and social and I think that is so important as you get older. It just keeps you young and she is 85-yrs. young. Happy Birthday, Mom! We love you! (As I write this - she is at a yoga class).  We can all learn from your example.

This is October (where did Sept. go?) and there are so many things going on. This Fri. is Homecoming, Sat. is Community Fest in McRae, Fall Fest is Oct. 20th and there are lots of things going on at school all month long. Somehow - I’m looking forward to some cold weather and a little slowdown in activities. But when it gets here - just like you - I’ll be longing for hot days and summer. Just never satisfied, I guess. I need to work on that.

Go to your happy place.

See you next week!