A little prayer
"Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother's house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served. When Little Johnny received his place he started eating right away.
'Johnny! Please wait until we say our prayer,' said his mother.
"'I don't need to,' the boy replied.
"'Of course you do,' his mother insisted. 'We always say a prayer before eating at our house.'
"'That's at our house,' Johnny explained. 'But this is Grandma's house and she knows how to cook.'"
I'm not sure who sent me that little missive, but it certainly seems appropriate for this week's column. You see, my wife learned last week she's going to be a grandmother. Personally, I think I'm way too young to be a granddad, but then again if John Robertson can convince everyone he's old enough, so can I.
Actually, she learned a couple of weeks ago there was a very strong possibility Andrea, our daughter-in-law, was pregnant. However, until they went back to the doctor for a follow up visit and ultrasound we were sworn to secrecy. Last Tuesday afternoon Adam sent us a picture that looked more like a little peanut, but we'll take their word it's a baby in the making.
The doctor has told them to expect the little bundle of joy sometime around December 26. Between the grandmother here and the grandmother in St. Charles this is one youngster that won't get here soon enough to suit them.
I'm guessing the three and one-half hours trip to St. Charles is going to be a little long for the next few years. Lanny Geary was pointing out that his eldest daughter, Kaitlyn a freshly graduated Mizzou Tiger, would likely be settling in that general area. Can you say "carpool"?
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Richard Edgington, affectionately known as "Big Richard" to distinguish him from his son, "Little Richard," is a regular attendee at the Almost Downtown Quarterback Club's luncheon meeting. Sometimes he drives out there and at other times his wife just drops him off. The plan is for Little Richard and his law partner to drop Big Richard off on their way back to the office.
A few weeks ago after lunch was over they all walked outside. Once they got to the parking lot Little Richard pointed out to Big Richard he had left his cap back at the table. Big Richard turns and goes back to retrieve his cap.
When he comes back out, "Surprise!" They're gone. Little Richard and Mark just left him high and dry in the parking lot.
Those two still think it's funny and laugh every time the story is told. Big Richard still catches a ride home with them every once in a while. You can tell those days he's riding with them, because he keeps his cap very close.
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Most folks heard about the City of Los Angles voting to boycott Arizona to protest that state's immigration law (although I doubt any of the LA council members have read it and know how closely it mirrors the national law already on the books).
This week we heard from Arizona.
An elected official with the state utilities commission pointed out to the pointy-headed members of the LA city council that the city gets roughly 25 percent of its electricity from Arizona. Basically, what he said was, "Go ahead and protest, but you'll have to do it in the dark."
Realizing finally, perhaps, that government might be a little too big and need downsizing, the Missouri legislature has taken a step to begin looking at that. How? By creating yet another committee.
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30 years ago
In May 1980 the Kennett High School golf team claimed the district title. Leading was way was then KHS-senior, Martin Crawford. Crawford was the Class 3A district champ, shooting a score of 78 on the course in Virburnum. The team finished in third place.
Other team members included, "Tommy Legan (who) started strong carding a 39 on the first nine holes, but he went 41 though the final nine to finish at 80, good enough for a siz-way tie for third. Roger Wheeler shot back to back 44's for an 88 and Jim Clevenger, opening with a 47 and coming back with a 43, finished at 90."
The DDD's unofficial, but much appreciated historian, Vivian Helton passed this information along from the sports pages of the May 6, 1980 of the DDD. A photo on the page included all the team members, including what I'm guessing were junior varsity players.
Don Hunter was coach of the team at that time. Other team members were Patrick McHaney, Steve Hubbard, Bill Rogers, Donnie Shelton, David Jones, Tommy Vavak, Joe Stillman, Bart Carter, Greg Crews and Clay Faulkner.
Bud Hunt is publisher of the
Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and
North Stoddard Countian.