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I have had visits from grandchildren during the last two weeks. Emily and Rachel were here for the week following Memorial Day. They cleaned out horse stalls and helped with gardening to earn money for the Wood Festival. Rebecca (North Carolina), Rachel (Ohio) and Sally came for Bible School this past week. Will (Ohio) is doing farm work three days a week for a few months.

Rebecca, who just finished kindergarten, found a blank note-book and asked if she could have it. She started writing a story of her visit. I was surprised that such a young person could put her thoughts on paper. Her story follows:

“I’m at Gram’s house without my mom or my dad, even without Michelle or Emily! For a week!

Uncle Jim took Sally, Grandma and I to the Wood Festival on Saturday night. Sally ate ice cream with her fingers.

Sally, Rachel and I went to First Baptist Church Bible School. We sang about Jesus, made things, played games, and wore hard hats.

We had sleepovers with Sally at her house and Grandma’s house. Sally slept upside down with her feet in my face.

We played with Sally’s new kittens and the dogs. We fed the horses and Uncle Jim helped us ride. We played with Linda and Bliss.

At Grandma’s house, we watched a movie named Pippi Longstocking and then watched Pippi 4 more times before I went home.

We ate breakfast on the back porch, and had “somemores” every night.

Aunt Lynn and Grandma took us to Cairo and North Bend. We had ice cream at the Scoop because Grandpa loved ice cream.

Uncle Bill took us to lunch at the Coffee Cup.

Uncle Jim and Aunt Lynn took me to Beckley to meet my Dad. We stopped at Stinson Grocery for more ice cream.

Uncle Jim played a trick on Yvonne. He told her that I was Sally, grown up!

I had fun!”

Her conclusion made my day. To me, this is because the fathers (and mothers) of my grandchildren have taught them to respect and enjoy being with people who are older than them.

Especially on Fathers Day, I thank my children for loving me!

This Week's Editorials:

By Helen Morris:

Wood Festival

By Lisa Minney:

A Steady Rain

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