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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Learning at a young age

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Most of us can recall a certain Christmas gift we received and most of the time we can recall who gave us that gift. Gifts stand out for various reasons -- most likely because we were the recipient of something we really wanted or really needed. A couple of weeks ago I learned about just such a case.

While attending a meeting at the Southeast Missourian newspaper one of the newspaper's sales reps took the opportunity to tell me she had family in Kennett.

Leigh Seagraves proceeded to tell me that her late grandmother lived in Kennett and that she still had family here.

Her grandmother was Betty Jane Robison. I had the privilege of knowing Mrs. Robison and attending church with her at First United Methodist. She was a saint.

Leigh then said, "My uncle John still lives there."

I told Leigh I know her uncle well. We attend church together and he lives just around the corner from me.

Leigh said her uncle John gave her some unique gifts at Christmas - math problems.

She said he would give her sheets of math problems and she was expected to complete them and return the completed sheet back once she was finished. She did that and credits Uncle John with her math skills today.

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Domestic argument in

the digital age

MONTGOMERY CITY, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri sheriff says his department has responded to its first "domestic texting" call after two people in the same home carried out an entire argument through text messages.

Montgomery County Sheriff Robert Davis tells radio station KXEO a deputy went to a home last week in rural Montgomery City on a domestic violence complaint. The sheriff says 1 of the parties handed the deputy a phone and told him he could read the whole argument.

Davis says his deputy didn't arrest anyone because no threats had been made, but the officer did call the state Division of Family Services after seeing a 2-year-old child sleeping in a corner next to animal waste.

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Grocery prices

The opening of Country Mart grocery store likely prompted the DDD's unofficial, but much appreciated historian, Vivian Helton, to dig through the files for a grocery ad. No surprise that she found one. This comes from page three of the December 28, 1932 edition of the Dunklin Democrat offered by Kroger's.

Hams -- Fresh Skinned, Whole or Half - lb. 10 cents

Chickens -- Fresh Killed, Full Dressed -- lb. 18 cents

Pecans -- Large Paper Shell -- lb. 23 cents

Sugar -- Pure Cane, Limit 10 Pounds -- 43 cents

Corn -- Pride of Ilinios -- 3 Cans -- 23 cents

Ham -- Swift's Premium -- lb. 11 cents

Spare Ribs -- Fresh Meaty -- lb. 9 cents

Beef Roast -- Fancy Chuck -- lb. 13 cents

Pork Neck Bones - lb. 4 cents

Bacon -- Hickory Smoked -- lb. 9 cents

Brazil Nuts -- 2 lbs. - 25 cents

Mince Meat -- Pkg. 10 - cents

Celery -- Crisp California -- Stalk -- 10 cents

Bananas -- Golden Yellow -- lb. 5 cents

Oranges -- California Navels -- Doz. 20 cents

Syrup -- Steamboat No. 10 Can -- Can 25 cents

Lettuce -- Firm Crisp -- 2 heads 15 cents

Grapes -- Fancy Emperors -- 2 lbs. 15 cents

Raisins -- Seedless -- 2 lbs. 15 cents

While those prices look attractive compared to 2012 prices, but I'm sure these were just as much an issue with households at that time as grocery prices are today.

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Familiar faces

There were a few familiar faces around town last weekend with the local golf club holding its annual Member-Guest tournament.

A big change this year with the use of tee times as opposed to shotgun starts. The difference being that each team started on hole number one at a designated time. Under the shotgun start method teams would start on any hole from 1-18. Under the format this year it was difficult to see everyone who played.

This was also a good excuse to see our granddaughter. Aubrey Paige, or as she refers to herself, "Bre Bre" was here with her parents. And with our daughter, Haylee, and her friend, Justin, we had a house full. Oh, and three dogs as well.

Aubrey is now 18 months old and is learning a few things.

She's learned to say "No" and to shake her head when she doesn't feel like gracing us with a word from her limited vocabulary. She has also demonstrated the ability to remove her clothing. One particular new dress her grandmother bought and thought would look "so cute" on her came off faster than it went on, twice.

At the time she was ready to get in the swimming pool and the only thing she wanted on was her swimsuit and swim diaper. Yes, there is such a thing as a swim diaper.

Apparently our granddaughter has already developed her own sense of style at a relatively young age. Having shown such a keen, astute fashion sense, I think the plan is now to hook her up with Katelyn Geary Lenhart who lives near Aubrey and has a degree in fashion merchandising. Hey, it's never too late to get these child prodigies started.

Cathy Bradford, who with her husband, Randy, is trying to corner the market on this grandparent thing (they have five, or is it six) was telling about her grandson who is pretty close to the same age as Aubrey.

Cash has demonstrated some early skills that may be leading his grandparents to think about getting him started in culinary school soon. Cash knows the difference between tea and milk, even if his parents and grandparents don't and also knows what he wants to eat, again, even if they don't. When presented with a food or beverage not to his liking Cash simply turns his head away.

Move over Emeril.

Bud Hunt is regional vice president, publisher of the Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and North Stoddard Countian.