Monday, September 29, 2008

The most beautiful Yucca plant

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer she said,"Now class, if stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face." "Yes," the class said. "Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn't run into my feet?" A little fellow shouted, "cause your feet ain't empty."

I met a guy named Lionel in Bill Workman's store last week. Lionel said he had worked for Bill and Yvonne off and on for 25 years. In 1981, Bill said he was working in OK. as an electrician. A fellow had Lionel in his truck and told Bill hed was taking him to apply for a job and Billsaid, He has one now from me." Bill and Yvonne brought Lionel back to Young Gravelly to their place. Bill was wanting to go into the chicken business and after a few days, he left Lionel there at Young Gravelly to finish the chicken house and start his chicken business. Thus began a long time of working for Bill. Lionel has been back in Altus , Ok. for a few years but he is back here with Bill now. He tells me he enjoys Gravelly.

Have you tried the new "to go" food place in Briggsville--right near the Methodist church? James and Sherry Metcalf operate the food place. They have good stuff !!!Sherry has an exchange student. You should ask the exchange student to say "Fourche" She says it so cute. I'm sure you have heard the tale that Fred told me several years ago. He said the French were exploring what we now call the Foruche River He said one man was in a boat and the other was in the river. The one in the boat says "Push, Lafave" hence getting the name of Fourche for the river.

I can jusr see the obituary now, "Glenna Goodson killed by a buzzard" Those huge, awful birds just stay in the highway eating their dead prey and you could swear you have driven over one of their wings and then they rise up , right at your windshield. My brother in law says he knew a fellow killed on hwy. 28 cause the buzzard flew into the windshield, causing a fatal accident.

I was walking frm Gravelly to my house last week andI was just struck with the beauty we have here and take for granted. Cindy Clements has the most beautiful Yucca plant at the end of her drive---then you see her beautiful rock house that I remember when Mr. Jabo Clements had that rock brought in to build the house for Mrs. Lily. The yard is so big and beautifully mowed at all times with pretty bushes everywhere. across the road is my parent,s former home--beautiful , over 100 year old Magnolia trees with those beautiful white blossoms. Then next door is Twain Willis' beautiful garden. No place in the city looks this pretty to me. But gee, you get older and your health fails and a specialist is 50 or 100 miles away--and in oKC they would be just a few minutes away---So what to do ? It is a hard decision.

Friday I went by the re-hab center at Dardanelle to see Anna Jewell Fryar. Anna Jewell and I had a very good visit. She has recently had a skin cancer removed from her left arm. There were over 50 stitches required. This is the side that was affected by her stroke. We need to keep Anna Jewell in our prayers. She is going to start writing her column again and that will be good. While I wasat the rehagbcenter I discovered thast Beatrice Garner Yeats wasalso there so I visited with her. Her son, Garry and daughter in law, Sheila were also there. Beatrice has broken a section of her neck and she has a neck brace to help in the healing. She will stay at the rehab center until she is better.

Gracie Holloway, of Rover is having heart problems. She was in the Conway Hospital last week for a short time. Gracie does have a blockage but it was determined it was not bad enough to warrant surgery at this time. Gracie is at home and we need to pray for her.

Leslie Harvey was asked by the Friends of the Library to be at the Frontier Day at Plainview last Saturday with his book that he would autograph for people. Next month , Leslie has been asked to speak at the Danville Library to the Historical Society.and interested public.

Let me recommend a good DVD to you. "The Gospel Road" written by Johnny Cash. The screen play and all the music was written and performed by Johnny and it is really good.

In closing remember this Powerful Women/s Motto: "Live you life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning . Satan shudders and says, "Oh, no, she's awake. "!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

I'm here to feed the alligator

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

An elderly man in N. Carolina had owned a large farm for several years. He had a large pond in the back, fixed up really nice, along with some picnic tables horseshoe courts, and some apple and peach trees. The pond was properly shaped and fixed for swimming when it was built. ----One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he had not been there for a while. He grabbed a five gallon bucket to bring back some fruit. ----as he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing. When he came closer he realized it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end to shield themselves.-----One of the women shouted to him "we're not coming out until you leave!"--The old man frowned and replied, "I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked, "Holding up the bucket he said "I'm here to feed the alligator."

Before I write anything else this week I want to try to clear something up about my article last week when I wrote about FV kids were not like other kids and FV was not like other schools. I was NOT comparing FV to any other schools in this district.Did I compare FV to Ola and Plainview I did not.-- I know nothing about Ola and Plainview schools. I do not know anyone that teaches there and no kids that go there to school.Why would I compare FV to schools I know nothing about? I would not do that. You people that complained to my sister about my so called comparsion--read in my column something that was not there. When I say FV is not like other schools I mean because we are a country, isolated school. and country schools are different. Aren't Ola and Plainview country schools too? When I say we are not involved in drugs, I am not implying that others in Yell Co. are-.I read back over my article several times, and I do not understand how you could get that idea.I asked people in Russellville, Little Rock, Tulsa, Dallas, that read my column every week and I asked them what idea they got from that part of my article and they said that I was bragging on my school. And that was all I was doing and i will be doing that until the day I die. When I say FV is not like other schools, I thought of how my children went to a big city school in OKC. My younger son, when he was a senior, was walking down the hall at school and it was the beginning of intergation at our schools. A 16 year old black student shot and killed a white student right in front of Russells' eyes. A few years later, my grandson--Russell's son, was walking down the same hallway, same school and there was a boy holding a gun to a girl's head. The Principal talked the boy out of the gun.When I say FV isdifferent--we are different from city schools where there are shootings, drugs, and the whole scene. o why Ola and Plainview people thought I was comparing my school to yhours is beyoind me. on't look for what is not there---Where there are houng people I wish the best for that school because I love young poeople. i taught 10 year olds 30 years in OKC schools and I taught teen agers in my church for 20 years where I was responsible for 95 kids, so I would never trash young people, nor their schools. And by the way my sister never knows what I am going to write in my column, so don't get mad at her abolut anything I write. Kathy is so close mouthed--she NEVER tells me anything about school. If I ask her anything she just says "Everything is fine" Kathy is like that--she is not like her sister. Since I am honest about what I wrote I hope you will NOT believe I was comparing FV to any other school in Yell County. Are you still going to let me come to your ball games?

Lisa, Davis, F.V."s librarian, asked me to bring one of my little books, that my son poublished on the inter-net for me. I was glad to bring it to the library and I hope Lise and the kids enjoy the book. In walking down the hall Erica Broussard came running to greet me. I was so glad to see Erica back in FV cause she left for a short time last year. Erica says "Are you coming to see me play basketball?" and I said of course I was. She said, Mrs. Goodson are you ging to sub us and I told her I was too old--she says "We would love you Mrs. Goodson--I subbed Erica and that class when they were in 3rd grade for several times and I loved those kids--they still come and hug me and tell me I was such a good teacher to them. I told Erica that I was sure the kids would have me run off before the day had ended.

I am so glad to welcome Bob Anderson as our FV representative on the school board. Bob is very intelligent--keeps up with the law and rules and we can trust him to be a friend to our kids. He says ,"I am for the kids and what is best for them.": Hurrah for Bob--isnt that what it is about --the kids.

Mary Powell called me and I was so glad to hear that the cheer leaders at FV are sponsoring a cook book of receipes to be given by former graduates of FV. Doesn't that sound fun?It is planned for the receipe book to have 150 receipes, Also the person submitting the receipe can print a memory of FV we have. There will be a sheet at the Oct. 11 FV reunion for people to pre-order the receipe book, The book will be $10 and if it is to be mailed, there will be an extra $3 to pay for the mailing. Former graduates of FV get your favorite receipes ready. They would especially like receipes from the 40's and early 50's when Mary says people tell them the cooks at that time had such delicious home made receipes they used. Also I learned from Mary that her daughter Brittany is still in Iraq and here I thought that girl was discharged and going to school at Tech but she had to go back to Iraq. But Mary says she will be back in December and hopefully she can be discharged then .

Billy Jack Bogle's sister, Detonne of Houston had to evacuate because of Hurricane Ike. Her son and dughter in law are both doctors and have a clinic in Houston. Thankfully there was not much damage to Detonne's home--they got to come back this week.The power was back on and they were working to get the clinic usable for their patients.

I heard on TV about Little Rock getting ready for the State Fair. It made me remember that the year I taught at FV--52--53 I took my 5th graders to the State Fair. The school bus took us.You know I was only 20 years old and obviously had no fear or dread---by the time I started teaching in OKC I would never have been responsible for 13 fifth graders at a state fair. I remember we had a wonderful time--no accidents no mishaps--And I lost no one--except Sammy Turner--and I really did not lose Sam--knowing Sam as I did I knew he had just decided to slip away a bit and would be back in a few minutes--and he was--no harm done. But of course if I had told Mr. Lowe, he probably would have had a fit but since Sam was fine , I did not see any reason to mention it!! I wonder if Sam remembers that day--it was a memorable day for me.

I want to close with a wonderful quote from a book called "See With New Eyes" given to me by Peggy Jeys. "There is nothing more healing to the sinful heart then to be fully known and yet fully loved."

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Kissing that dog right on the lips

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

An engineer was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to him and said, "f you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess." He bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket. The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me I'll turn into a beautiful princess and stay with you for one week." The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and put it back in his pocket. The frog then cried out, " If you kiss me I'll turn into a princess and I'll stay with you for one week and do anything you want." Again the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket. Finally the frog asked, "what is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess and that I'll stay with you one week and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?" The engineer said, "Look I'm an engineer, I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog--now that's cool."

I received an awfully sad e-mail from Terri Brothers this week. I tutored Richie's niece, Karissa Brothers about 3 years ago. Karissa and her Mom and Dad had a chicken house and lived over in the Mulberry Lane, in what I always called the Loyd Harris place. They moved to Texas almost 3 years ago and Karissa's
Mom had a baby boy after they moved. Terri told me that Karissa's Dad had died with a heart related problem. Such a young man and leaves two young children. I am so sad. My prayers are with the Brother's family.

John Meredith told me that last week two guys from Iowa came to Bill Workman's store and were looking around. They were working on their genelogy so I suppose a distant relative was from Yell County. They said Gravelly looked like a movie script. Gee, we might be published!!

Erin Metcalf was my waitress at Fowlers last week and I asked her about her husband Cory and little boy Willy. Erin's face just lights up when she talks about her little boy. He is one year and two weeks old now Erin needs to keep a journal of little Willy's cute words and exploits I wish Ihad done that. I rely on memories--one time we were visiting my Goodson in-laws in Little Texas. We were all standing outside and a stray dog came up into Oscar's yard--Russell was about 4 years old and he started playing with the dog. We went into the house and left Russ outside with the dog. In a few minutes, Russ came in and threw himself into Oscar's lap and kissed him right on the mouth. Oscar thought that was so sweet until Russ said"I just got through kissing that dog right on the lips." !I mean, Oscar spit and spit and ran and washed his mouth out What a good memory!!

Ron Beahm at my Rover Church says I have to put a compliment about him in my column this week because I talked about him making a mistake about the usage of the words, "then, and than. "Now let's see--what compliments can I use about Ron--well I could say he is handsome--he is interesting--he is a good Dad and husband---he's kinda crazy--Oh, I don't think that was a compliment--well there you are, Ron, hope that this is satisfactory !!

It was good to be able to go back to the Adventist Church on Sabbath--the people were so glad I was able to come after my stint in the hospital. Their kindness, love and attention was much appreciated. Then Sunday I got to hear a very good message from Bro.. Shipley and we had a young man make a decision to rededicate his life--that is always a blessing to see that happen.

I haven't seen my favorite cop, Jim McCoy, in a while. I'm sure Jim is still on the job. I betcha I know how I could see him really fast--go 50MPH in Plainview--but Idon't want to see him that badly!!!

I think of "the good ole days" when we traveled by horse drawn wagons or horse back. We were a close knit valley and out FVschool was our identity. The kids were taught to respect authority. There were no extra-marital affairs, no divorces, no one getting grandparents to raise their kids. Some of this ethic is still part of our valley. We don't have drug problems nor gangs at FV, you see, we are different then other schools. Our school is US--it's what we have to show our pride, our values. Our parents of this valley stay involved in the lives of their kids in school, But according to a survey I have, compiled by a gentleman at the Univ. of Ar, in Fayetteville, it is proved that when a smaller school is closed and the kids have to go to a consolidated larger school, there is a lot less parent involvement, there are fewer kids graduate--more kids drop out of school before they graduate. And our FV kids are different--the majority are from loving Christian homes. The parents have taught their kids how to work. They are not out seeking drugs or going to a gang meeting after dark. So this type child, and teen-ager is going to find it very hard to adjust to what they do not understand if they have to leave their school where parents and grandparents attended. I get amazed when people seem to think people at FV are just ignorant--have no money, etc. I look around at the crowd at a ball game and I see many college graduates, I see people so wealthy they probably own half of Gravelly and Bluffton and people that pay more taxes then probably the people talking down to us can imagine. So no, we are not a blight on the Valley--we do good things--we raise good kids--and we are proud of our school and Valley.

On a child's science exam the question was asked "How can you delay milk turninng sour? this little boy wrote, "Keep it in the cow. "