It is not to often that I get taken in by a prank-puller, but Roman Selig got me good the other day when I went to the cemetery for placing flags on the graves of veterans of all wars.
On Monday, June 1, Governor Hutchinson confirmed 7,443 known cases of Covid-19 in the state. That is an increase of 190 since the day before. 187 of these cases come from the community, meaning people in communities are spreading the virus to others.
Talk about being too scared to make a sound...I was over at a friend’s house the other night and three of us were sitting at the dining table playing a game. It was getting a little late and not a sound was anywhere on the outside. All of a sudden there was all this noise just outside the double windows where we were sitting...someone tearing out the window frame wouldn’t have made any more noise.
Memorial Day 2020 was a relatively low-key event this year with many area Memorial Day ceremonies canceled due to the pandemic. So much has been cancelled due to the virus this spring that 2121 will be a total reset of events and holidays should the virus be out of our lives by then. That shouldn’t diminish the fact that we owe our veterans who gave up their lives for our country more than a little respect. Some people may not know of their ancestors who may have given their lives or perhaps they don’t have relatives who lost their lives during a war. To these folks I suppose the holiday is nothing more than a chance to grill, swim, and relax during a three-day weekend. But the holiday should mean something to all of us because of the sacrifice made by these brave soldiers. There are local families who have holes in their hearts over the loss and sacrifice of a loved one. People like Carolyn Miller, who lost her young husband, Edwin Cleo Harmon in the Vietnam War. Carolyn saw the Army car coming up her driveway and knew what it meant. She ran into the house to get her Daddy. They were told that Cleo was gone. After his death, she received a tape from Cleo in the mail and a fistful of letters in the days that followed. Carolyn shared that receiving the posthumous tape of Cleo was a blessing at the time.
Well, well, I hear Roy Smalley caught a 10-pound catfish on his tied-out lines in Corning Lake, Sunday night. I saw Roy going that way about six o'clock Monday morning and it was just a little while until I saw him headed for home, in such a rush that the car was going almost sideways... or maybe it was leaning from the weight of the catfish!