"This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you." John 15:12. I wear a ring with that inscription. The next verse in 13 tells us, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down his life for his friends." This reminds me of what my uncle, Hank Pollreis, wrote to my mother, Ida, "I am going to fight for you and your children." He did in World War II when he died as a paratrooper in New Guinea.
Dewey reached up to straighten his tie and stuck a finger up a nostril by mistake. Here he was, on the most momentous evening of his life and he couldn't do one little thing right. Tie a tie. Every 9-year-old boy getting ready for church could do it, but not Dewey.
Galatians 6:9-10 "So let us not become tired of doing good, if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest. So then, as often as we can we should do good to everyone."
When Steve and Dud got up to go get a paper, it left just Doc and Bert sitting at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop. Bert turned his head and smirked a little, being careful not to let Doc see him. Doc also didn't see Dud outside, punching in a number on his cell phone while Steve stood by as a cheerleader.
"Doc," said Loretta, filling the coffee cups, "phone call for you, Hon."
"Here? Okay..." Doc walked over to the cash register and picked up the phone.
"This here Doc?" said the caller. "The Doc what lost his squirrel?"
Jerry Weber is in the hospital in Denver. His address is: St. Joseph's Hospital - 1375 E. 19th Ave. - Room 5313 - Denver, CO 80218. I'm sure he would enjoy cards from everyone. Hope you're better soon and back home, Jerry.
My Mom fell last Wednesday and was in the hospital overnight for observation. She is back at the Legacy and feeling better. She sure has lots of shades of purple on the left side of her face and eye. I told her she could start a new fad for eye shadow. She didn't think so!!
"Let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth." I John 3:18
It might have been the winter doldrums that did it. You can never be sure of these things. It's just that ... well, Doc is one of those guys who can't stand to see anyone bored. He claims it's bad for their inner chemistry, and since he has more initials after his name than anyone else in town, we tend to listen to him.
When it happened, we in the inner circle of the World Dilemma Think Tank down at the Mule Barn truck stop thought back on what Doc had said a year ago when the temperature dropped, along with everyone's spirits.
I guess that ole' man winter finally decided to make an appearance in our area. It has been near blizzard conditions since around 1:00 p.m. today. About everyone I called, didn't have any news and was glad to be inside and staying warm.
All of the outdoor Christmas decorations are put away for another year. Now we have moved on into the next events of our life. We are having babies (goats that is). We had a set of triplets Thursday - they are so cute - but like all things, they outgrow that.
"The Lord will keep you from all harm. He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." Psalm 121: 7 & 8.
Last week Pastor Russell Parker and pianist, Anetta Maxcy led the Weisbrod Chapel-Church. The pastors of Kiowa County take turns each Sunday to bring the Word and music to residents and sometimes, when the C.N.A.s have time, they help residents hold hymn books to sing.
It was strange, Doc thought. All these years. All these people. It still hurts.
Old Tom had died around midnight, and Doc didn't get more than an hour's sleep since then. Just before he went, Tom reached out and gripped Doc's hand and thanked him for everything. He was smiling when he went.