Tuesday, June 9, 2015

VIEW from the BRIDGE
By Muncie

Most everyone is asking when the back door of the Post Office is going to be fixed. Have you asked? I have and it was explained to me that the building does not belong to the Postal Service. It is a private owner who is responsible for repairs. It has been months since the door was broken and it is very inconvenient for those whose mailboxes are near the back of the room.

I do not know who the building belongs to and I am not going to inquire. Please do not complain to the Postmistress or the employees because there is nothing they can do. Perhaps this notice will be seen by the owner and they will realize what a problem it has become. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and they may be snowbirds who went south for the winter. It is almost summer and they may be back in town or wherever they live. Like my mother used to say, “It’s always something.”

This 39th celebration is a special one because it is the 150th anniversary of Chouteau County and will be labeled “Footsteps in Time.” Can you even imagine being here 150 years ago? It would have been 1865? Many of your grandfathers/grandmothers, great grandfathers/grandmothers would have landed on the Missouri banks in the following years. Where to go from here was the question? If they stayed in the area they should have a plaque at the Ag Center for Homesteaders. (If you are not sure about this, contact the Joel Overholser Research Center on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

There will be more information about this 150th birthday celebration t in the weeks to come for you history buffs.

This new and exciting race will begin at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Pioneer Lodge. It will be 1 block long to end at The Freeze. It is a challenge and I want to report on who wins prizes and awards. (Muncie note:  Reconsider Tim.)

There are sign-up sheets all over town and if you have questions, contact Mike Birkeland.  The forms will explain all about the contest. It is open to everyone over 18 years of age.  Bring your own shoes with at least 2” heels. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes for both men and woman. Muncie note:  I would think women would have an advantage because they are now wearing 3” and 4” heels.) See you there!

In a “Chicken Soup” book I read a quote many years ago and have it printed on my business cards. It said, “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.”

A story was told to me while at the Post Office last week that warmed my heart. An elderly woman was mowing her 3 lots of grass when a man approached her. He said that she should not be out in that day’s heat mowing her lawn. He finished mowing it for her.  She did not know him. How kind was that and without anyone knowing what he had done or who he was. I hope that he reads this column because I want him to know how much he is appreciated.

I know that you all have stories and I would really like it if you would tell them to me.

Chocolate comes from cocoa which is a tree…that makes it a plant which means…chocolate is salad!!!

This is the last of the Senior Moments that was sent to me on the internet. Next week will begin the “Most of our generation of 50+ were Home Schooled in many ways.” I read them and I feel that the 50- will enjoy them as well because the 50+ taught what they had learned.

I will give you one because I cannot wait and let me know if you enjoy it. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. “If you’re going to beat each other up, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”

At the last Tuesday 5:00 dinner at the Golden Age Senior Center for the season, our speaker and entertainer, Valerie Morger, related a few of the Home Schooled quotes. She also told us what A.A.R.P. stood for.  I wish all of you could have heard it.  It made the last dinner very enjoyable.