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Happy Birthday – Jean – June 15

DSC00510I have written about my sister, Jean Wallace, before. She is my only sister and believe me she is sister enough. I don’t know what my life would be without her. She is mother to our entire clan. She is married to John. She had three wonderful boys. Danny, the oldest died long before his time. Denise, his wife, and Wesley their son are never far away. Darrel and Dwain with their wives and children live close by. I hope you have a wonderful birthday. God gave us a wonderful gift when he put you in our lives.

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Thankful Thursday – Jean Wallace

            Today on this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for my sister, Jean Wallace. Tomorrow is a very special birthday for her. She is a modest but significant influence on so many lives. She is one of my heroes. Her home is a magnet for her children, grandchildren and all their many friends. She and husband, John, have created an environment that exudes love, friendship and respect. She is generous to a fault. The 4th of July celebration at their home is a textbook example of the real America that is still out there. Jean has faced more than her share of challenges and has weathered them all with her faith and integrity stronger than ever. She is the mother of three terrific boys – Danny, Darrell and Dwain. Unfortunately Danny went to meet God long before we were ready. She and John have lived all over the country while he was in the Navy and later in the nuclear program of Duke Energy. I am blessed in so many ways and my sister is one of the most important of those blessings. I salute you, Jean, on this Thankful Thursday and on your birthday.

            Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad you did.

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Thankful Thursday – Edith Gossett Carnell

            Today is my mother’s birthday. Even though she died in 1988 she is still an ever present part of my life. She was an easy going, enthusiastic, happy, positive person. She was always supportive. Even the dreadful Alzheimer’s disease could not take away her smile or her love of babies. She grew up on a small farm near Woodruff, SC and graduated from Woodruff High School. She and my dad were married just before the great depression. Both of them worked in the textile mill. She stayed employed there until her retirement. She and dad were active members of Northside Baptist Church. My sister, Jean, inherited her generosity of spirit. One of my most vivid memories of her is her standing at the kitchen sink watching for my dad’s pickup truck to turn into our driveway. That was her signal to put supper on the table. In her younger years, she was an avid softball player and she played on the mill’s team. She and dad were both good swimmers. They enjoyed square dancing and dad was a great caller. Both Jean and I inherited a double dose of the puritan work ethic. Long before anyone ever heard of the feminist movement, we grew up in a home where there was no woman’s work or men’s work. There was just work which they did together. They had his and her lawn mowers. Hers was electric. We were not sent to church. They took us and stayed. The worst thing that Jean or I could do was to try to play one parent against the other. It never worked and usually ended badly for us. This is the first time I have written about a deceased person for Thankful Thursday, but, she lives on. Her influence is everywhere. She loved Christmas. Now she just has a more intimate view. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for my mother, Edith Gossett Carnell.

            Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – Bernie Wright Otterbein

 Wednesday Night Group: Pete, Mitch, Carol, MaryAnn, Robbie, Bruce, Bernie

On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for Bernie Otterbein who is celebrating a birthday on April 20th. Bernie is one of the friendliest, most generous people I know. She makes you feel good just to be around her. Bernie grew up in Avon, New York and studied horticulture at Alfred State College. She is a member of our Wednesday night dinner group and adds life to the party. She is a fantastic cook and her chocolate chip cookies are the best. She is a star performer in the West Ashley High School cafeteria after a career at Orange Grove. She goes to the West Ashley High School basketball games and that just makes the students love her more. She is a very active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Her Christmas decorations are nothing short of fantastic. She is president of her neighborhood association. Wherever we go to eat, all of the children big and small she has known over her career come up to say hello. What a testimony to this caring person. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for my friend Bernie Otterbein.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to your life. Let her or him know of your gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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