2017-08-23 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett

I have a monkey for a grandchild!

Savannah, 16 months, climbs on everything, and I do mean “everything.” You give her a toy to play with and the first thing she does is put it on the floor and stand on it. Leave a chair slightly pulled out from the kitchen table, and you will find her standing on the table. She loves to stand on the ottoman beside our love seat. The two kids’ chairs beside the T.V. are also her favorite “perches.” Forget sitting in them. She’d rather stand. And, I have to put something in front of the high chair in the dining room to keep her from climbing into it and standing up in the seat.

She has no fear, but she scares me to death! None of the other grandchildren have been climbers like she is. I just want to tie her to the ground! I hate to think of the things she will try to climb when she gets a little older – trees, light poles, buildings – who knows what she will attempt.

I do hope that she doesn’t lose her adventurous spirit as she grows older. I hope she will always look to the stars, dream big, and cultivate her zest for life, even if it means climbing a mountain or two to do so. I’ve got a feeling she is going to be very good at climbing mountains!

Happy birthday this week to: Grady Lane Jr., Stephenie Adams, Matt Brinson, Janie Waters, Blakey Brown, Tina Saxon, Carolyn Holmes, Evelyn Lane, Mildred Thompson, Jean Rountree, Connie Fields, Charlene Jones, Rodney Collins, Bryan Brown, Dorothy Smith, Skylar Herrington, Chris Chance, Summer McNeely, Bert Pierce, Helen Boone, Pam Lane, Melissa Brannen and Ali Richards.

Military Active Duty

Col. James Eldridge Davis, U.S. Air Force, DoD Pentagon, Washington D.C.; 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; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darryll L. Simpkins, U.S. Army, Fort Gordon Logistics Readiness Center, Augusta, GA; Tech 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.; E-5 She’nice Thompson, U.S. Army, 25th Sustainment Brigade, HHC 25th Special Troops Battalion, Wahiawa, Hawaii; and Major D. Slade Burke, U.S. Air Force, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

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