2018-05-16 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett

We were eating dinner after church Sunday in our backyard on the picnic table that my son, Tyson, made for me. It was a little windy and after a few minutes my grandson, Jonny, looked at me and said, “Turn the wind off.”

Of course, I had to laugh. Grandchildren seem to think their grandparents can do ANYTHING, even the things their parents can’t/won’t do – like buy a 4-wheeler. Ty recently told me that was what he wanted for Christmas and he wanted us to buy it because his mama and daddy would not! (Now, his daddy has a 4-wheeler and “buggy” with which he and Ty hunt.)

I explained to him that he would just have to “do without” because we couldn’t buy one either. “But I want you to,” he said disappointed. That was just another lesson in life for him – you don’t always get what you want.

My husband, Wayne, is a little more receptive to our grandchildren’s “wants.” He grew up “wanting” things other kids had that his parents were not able to buy for him. So, he naturally wanted our sons, when they were little, and now our grandchildren to have the things they want. But, he also recognizes that there are limits, and our grandchildren are learning that as well.

Ty said he would think about it and come with something else for us to get him for Christmas. I told him that was good idea! But Jonny still wanted me to “turn the wind off.”

Happy birthday this week to: Trey Kent, Stuart Burrus, Math Johnson, Alana Mims, Elizabeth Fleming Fordham, and Mark Schwonke.

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, Fort Stewart, GA; 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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