2015-01-01 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

High praise for city folks

Sunday, December 21, was the shortest day of the year, so that means we have a little more daylight each day for the next few months. l

A group from the First United Methodist Church left the day after Christmas (some left earlier) for a mission trip to Haiti. They traveled by bus, by air, and by sea to Haiti to provide and distribute food for the Haitian people. The eight missionaries from First Methodist were Shay Harris, Tena and Jeff Blakey, Izzy and Braxton Blakey, Tena Lewis, and Trevin Burriss. The trip was a part of the Bethlehem Ministry. Some of the ones from First Methodist assisted with a medical clinic. l

Reports say that thousands attended the annual Christmas Parade of Lights through downtown Washington Saturday, December 13, and I believe they are right. The parade lined up at Tiger Stadium, came all the way through town, and disbanded at the Parks and Recreation Center. It was a perfect night. Traffic was really heavy, but I learned my lesson last year. I got caught in the disbanding at the Pope Center (across the street from my house) and sat in my car in traffic for 35 minutes before I could turn into my driveway. This year I solved the problem Patsy Winn came to give me a ride at 5:30 p.m. and we parked behind The News-Reporter building, then walked as far as Dr. Bruce Holes’ office where we found an empty bench just waiting for us. When we got ready to leave, we went back to our car, out to Liberty Street, to South Alexander Avenue, across the highway to North Alexander Avenue where we hit the By-Pass. We went on the By-Pass to Palmer’s Equipment where we turned towards Lexington Avenue and my house just two blocks down the road. We did not get in any traffic and Patsy says she met only two cars going that way to her home on Hill Street. … It was a beautiful parade with lots and lots of floats and other entries. l

Even as a child, my Daddy always told me if I needed any help to call the fire department. I needed some help last week, so I called the Washington Fire Department where Fireman Ryan Burton answered the phone. I told him that I have a bit of concern about my smoke detector and alarm at the Rider House on Court Street. My granddaughter Lizzie, her husband Justin, and their little son Rider were arriving in a couple of days to spend Christmas at the Rider House and I was not sure the smoke alarm (on my 12-foot ceiling) was working. Ryan came immediately, sized up the situation, and immediately came back with a fellow fireman and a ladder. It was working properly and I felt safe. Ryan detected a problem with an outside light while he was at the house and called City Hall. A crew from the city was on hand and fixed that problem in a matter of minutes. I have high praise for the Washington Fire Department and other city workers. l

I heard of a Washington-Wilkes granddaddy who for many years has preferred only pink or blue Kleenex when he was in need of such a product. Early this fall, he realized he was about out of colored Kleenex but when he went to the store they didn’t have any. He checked other stores in town and didn’t find any, so he enlisted the help of his children who live in other towns, and they didn’t find any right away in the usual stores. They were also told that Kleenex Colors (the marketing designation) were no longer being made. An irate email to Kimberly-Clark by the granddaddy confirmed that to be true. … But on Christmas morning, there under the granddaddy’s Christmas tree were 43 boxes of pink, blue, and some green Kleenex which his youngest daughter was able to find by checking stores from here to Augusta, Athens, and Atlanta. (Never give up.) l

The Washington Little Theater Company will brighten our dark winter days when they present The Marvelous Wonderettes two weekends in January. The Marvelous Wonderettes are a singing and acting group of four young ladies who promise a night of fine entertainment. These ladies are Gail Duggan, Jennifer Hall, April Shelton, and Melissa Turnbull. Sharon Liggett will be directing the shows set for January 9-11 and January 16-18 at the Bolton Lunceford Playhouse. You will need to make reservations. l

Thirty-three Wilkes County babies were featured in The News-Reporter’s annual presentation of babies born to Wilkes County parents and grandparents in 2014. Check them out. They’re as cute as can be. l

This column is being written on Sunday afternoon, December 28, because I have to turn it in to the editor this afternoon in order the get The News-Reporter printed for the New Year holiday. I do not have a report of the rain except for my own and that’s a lot. On Monday and Tuesday, December 22-23, I got three and a half inches; and since last night (December 27, through three o’clock today (Sunday), I have gotten 2.5 more inches. … Even if you are not my usual reporters of the rain, call me by Monday and tell me what you have received for December. l

Ruth Rogers sent me a collection of “Love, through the eyes of children” which are great. I’ll print a few here today and save some for next week. The question was posed to children four to eight years old and here are some of their answers:

“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” – Rebecca, age 8. l

“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” – Billy, age 4. l

“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” – Karl, age 5. l

“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” – Chrissy, age 6 l

“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” – Terry . age 4 l

“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” – Danny, age 7 l

“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.” – Emily, age 8 l

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” – Bobby, age 7. l “If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.” – Nikka, age 6. l

“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day. – Noelle, age 7. l

“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.” – Tommy, age 6.

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