The time has come for me to retire from writing a regular Reflection article for the Town Crier. I have reached the 82 year mark. I just need to give this up, along with many other responsibilities at my age. So after today's article, I will write one more. Don't miss the article next week. It will be my last one and I want to say some words about you who have been a faithful reader to the column.
Someone else will continue to write.
People often ask me if I have some real good ones I have written. I enjoyed writing devotionals but I really enjoyed the old reflection stuff. I remember writing about the mad dog scares of years ago. I enjoyed writing about the Loop, where we often swam, the Childress Community and the Mud Slough Ditch where people were baptized and where we fished. By the way, what I wrote is what I experienced. So today I will relate again something I wrote some years ago. It went like this.
A teenage boy had been brought before juvenile court. The judge had just given him quite a stiff sentence for his breaking the law. He gave the young man a chance to say something. He talked about there was nothing to do and so he, like others, got into trouble.
After he finished the wise judge spoke up and said, what do you mean there is nothing to do? There is plenty to do. What you better do is trade your wishbone for a backbone and start looking for something to do. The business world is looking for young men who have some get up and go about them. They must be willing to get out of the bed and start hunting. You are still in high school. Get the lawn mower and cut the lawn, get a paint brush and paint something needed to be painted. Help your mom do the dishes, make up your bed, wash the car, and when you have done a little hard work you will be tired and enjoy a night of good sleep and quit your hanging out at night until bedtime. The judge continued, you see there is plenty to do.
I wrote that article I read about being a judge. I tried to do some articles especially for older children and teenagers. I think this was one of the most helpful articles I ever wrote.
I like the reflection articles the most. I liked the times when someone complimented me on some of my articles.
One time I was at the Dollar General store north of Leachville. The check-out girl said I know you. She couldn't remember meeting me, then she said, I know, you are the man who writes the Reflection article each week in the Town Crier. I have met a lot of you that I would have never known if I had not written for the newspaper.
Look for my final article next week.