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Thanksgiving in Lincolnton: A Family Story

163001_10150109229056614_7707360Dwayne and Donna_nMy sister, Jean, and brother-in-law, John,John Wallace and Jean celebrate Thanksgiving on the Sunday before the official day because their sons and their families have other obligations on the big day. Jan drove Carol and me to Lincolnton, North Carolina for the annual event.

The food was wonderful and over-flowing, but the presence of family and friends provided the real joy. The three of us from Charleston and one friend, Vegas, from Charlotte were lost in a sea of Donald Trump disciples all wearing his trademark shirts. We took our beatings with humility. Most of this was for the torture of Liz, Wesley’s girlfriend, who works for Green Peace and is a staunch Democrat. She could not be present for the beat down or so she claimed. Wesley is my Republican grandnephew who is working his way up through the Deneise and Wesleynew Trump Swamp in Washington. I am rooting for him to become the most  important, “Deplorable.”

There was real joy around Allison, my grandniece, and her boyfriend, Jimmy, buying their first house. Allison is a history teacher in Hickory, and Jimmy is a police officer in Charlotte. Justin, grandnephew, has just finished trimming his house with stone. He did most of the work himself. Everyone gazed with pride at the pictures.

This is the real America. Megan, a young vibrant Methodists Youth Minister, led in grace as we all formed a circle and held hands. Megan, better known as Pest, is also my grandniece. Later there were Corn-hole games in the front yard.

The obvious devotion that Darrel and Dwayne and their families show to my sister and brother-in-law speaks volumes about the love that glues this family together. Before we left everyone was treated to a hug and an, “I love you.” Jean and Bunky have established a loving, kind oasis in a world of Chaos. We are privileged to be a part of it. Thank you. The first picture is Dwayne and Donna. The second picture is Jean and John. The third is Denise and Wesley.

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Thankful Thursday – Justin Wallace

On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for the gifts of Justin Wallace to my life. Justin is a remarkable young man and he will have a birthday tomorrow. He weighed in at one pound and 14 ounces at birth and has grown into an outgoing, caring, responsible, helpful person with a great network of friends. He graduated from West Lincolnton High School and attended Gaston College. He has a new job of being in charge of heating and cooling for the Lincolnton County Schools. Justin loves NASCAR and all things racing and works many of the races. He is my great nephew since he is the son of Darrell Wallace, my nephew. Darrell works a lot of the races in Charlotte and Justin’s late Uncle Danny painted the signage on many of the cars. All this because they live near the race track and know many of the drivers. I, on the other hand know less than nothing about NASCAR; however, it has been good for and to that part of my family. Justin and his brother Seth make a great team. On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts that Justin Wallace brings to my life.

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

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Thankful Thursday – John “Bunky” Wallace

            On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for my brother-in-law, John Wallace. John is a former navy man where he learned about and worked in nuclear energy. On leaving the navy, he had a long distinguished career with Duke Energy. He and my sister settled down in Lincolnton, North Carolina where they raised their three boys. John and I took a wonderful trip to Australia where I was speaking to the Australian Speech and Hearing Association meeting in Sydney. On the way we stopped in Honolulu where we visited the War Memorial of the Battleship Arizona. That was so inspiring; I could have come home then perfectly satisfied. We had brief stops in Fiji and New Zeeland. After my speech, we went to Canberra and then we took the Indian Pacific Railroad from Sydney to Perth. We made many new friends along the way. John and Jean have established such a warm, positive environment for their grandchildren and all of their young friends. John and I have lots of political arguments, but I never forget how grateful I am for him. When my nephew, Danny, was going through his final bout with pancreatic cancer, John was a rock and his constant companion. The 4th of July celebrations and their home will restore your faith that the real America is still here. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for my good friend and brother-in-law, John Wallace.

            Thankful Thursday is a special day to recognize the contributions of someone to your life. It is a time to say Thank You. Let him or her know of your gratitude. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – John “Bunky” Wallace

            On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for my brother-in-law, John Wallace. John is a former navy man where he learned about and worked in nuclear energy. On leaving the navy, he had a long distinguished career with Duke Energy. He and my sister settled down in Lincolnton, North Carolina where they raised their three boys. John and I took a wonderful trip to Australia where I was speaking to the Australian Speech and Hearing Association meeting in Sydney. On the way we stopped in Honolulu where we visited the War Memorial of the Battleship Arizona. That was so inspiring; I could have come home then perfectly satisfied. We had brief stops in Fiji and New Zeeland. After my speech, we went to Canberra and then we took the Indian Pacific Railroad from Sydney to Perth. We made many new friends along the way. John and Jean have established such a warm, positive environment for their grandchildren and all of their young friends. John and I have lots of political arguments, but I never forget how grateful I am for him. When my nephew, Danny, was going through his final bout with pancreatic cancer, John was a rock and his constant companion. The 4th of July celebrations and their home will restore your faith that the real America is still here. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for my good friend and brother-in-law, John Wallace.

            Thankful Thursday is a special day to recognize the contributions of someone to your life. It is a time to say Thank You. Let him or her know of your gratitude. You will be glad that you did.

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