2015-07-08 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett

I was watching my grandchildren swimming in our backyard kiddie pool recently when I spotted a Mocking bird atop a cedar tree near the pool. I jokingly told my grandchildren to “listen” as I “talked” to the bird.

As I began to whistle, the bird sounded as though it were imitating my sounds. I whistled and the bird chirped for several minutes before it tired of the game and flew away. But the incident made a lasting impression on my grandchildren. They were amazed that I could talk “Bird.” I’m still laughing about that – but, I’m Nana, and Nana can do anything – right?

I can’t help but wonder, however, how many more years I will have to “amaze” them with my “talents” before someone else takes my place – girlfriends, boyfriends, just friends in general as well other activities. I suspect it will not be long before spending time with Nana will become “boring”. (I’m not looking forward to that scenario, even though I know it is a natural part of growing up.) So, for the present time, I’m just enjoying talking “Bird” for them.

The annual fireworks display at the Jenkins County Recreation Department was as spectacular as ever this year, rivaling that of many larger cities. As always, a large crowd of our citizens turned out for the event. Many more, I suspect, were able to watch the show from their own porches or yards. It was a great way to celebrate our nation’s birthday. “Great job” to all of the sponsors and all who had a part in making this event such a spectacular show!

Happy birthday this week to: Bryce Lane, Matthew Goodwin, Helen Taylor, Emily Williams, Bradley Black, Barbara Davis, Harriett Cato, Alvin Burke, Sarah Griffin Holley, Neida Mae Hopkins, Angela Delay and Ellie Motes.

Celebrating wedding anniversaries are: Mr. and Mrs. George Dudley and Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Collins.

Military Active Duty

TSgt. Jeremy M. Chestnut, U.S. Air Force, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS; CPT Justin G. McBride, U.S. Army, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; ET3 (SW) Robert Adam Oglesby, U.S. Navy, USS Bainbridge in Norfolk, VA; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darryll L. Simpkins, U.S. Army, Fort Gordon Logistics Readiness Center, Augusta, GA; Staff Sgt. Stuart Burrus, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-4 Christopher Simmons, U.S. Army, Missouri; E-3 Ralphael Franklin Lovett, U.S. Army, Kuwait; E-4 Rhonda Lovett, U.S. Army Reserve, Augusta, GA; Airman First Class Aaron Comstock, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; CSSN Bailey Alsobrooks, U.S. Navy, Supply, S-2, Sasebo, Japan; PV2 She’nice Thompson, U.S. Army, 447th Charlie Company, South Korea; and Major D. Slade Burke, U.S. Air Force, 733d Air Mobility Squadron, Kadena AB, Okinawa Japan.

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