WHAT HAPPENED TO SUMMER?????

It seems as though we just started summer and now it’s time for kids to return to school. As we watch the ads in the papers and on tv we are reminded of this fact as they contain information on everything needed by the students to begin the new school year.

We remember when we were in grade school (which is so long ago, very few people even remember those years!) we did not start until after Labor Day and then the students helping their parents work on the farm harvesting the rice crops, did not start until after September. Whichever came first, the harvest being over, or the end of September and the youngsters would come to school and would be helped by the teacher and others to catch up on what they might have missed.

But, times have changed and so have the school days...The schools are having orientation and ID picture taking at Armstrong Middle school and Freshman Orientation at Rayne High School and these on August 5 and August 6th. So we are certain that summer is coming to an end and everyone is preparing for the new school year. So the teachers and school personnel have to be back REALLY early. Of course, most of the classrooms are air conditioned these days...a far cry from the HOT classrooms in our old schools. Also different today, is that our school year was shorter since we had fewer holidays during the school year. We remember it to be ok with us, since we got to enjoy a longer summer vacation...from the first of June to after Labor Day in September.

We are not saying what is right or wrong for a shorter or longer school year. We are merely stating how things have changed since we were in school in 19?????.

UNUSUAL OCCURANCE....USELESS FACT....

Recently there was something that occurred that very few people knew about...(and we guess probably cared less). But, it was interesting and we thought we would acknowledge it even though it happened last month.

In July, the following happened:

7/8/9/10/11/12 Yes, July 8, 2009, at 10 o’clock, 11 minutes and 12 seconds.....

We guess some folks don’t have much to do but to keep track of these kinds of things. However, we thought it was interesting to know...

WHAT A GREAT RECORD.....

Everyone should be very proud of Wayne Coleman who retired recently after 34 years as an employee of the city’s water and sewer department. What a record ...to have worked that many years for the city and for each of us citizens...and to be admired by his co-workers and friends as well as the mayor and city council. How many people get to enjoy their work enough to stay on the same job for so many years? Not many...we think! We would like to add our congratuations to Wayne for this outstanding record and we hope that he will enjoy his retirement years doing the things that he WANTS to do.

WISE SAYINGS FOR THE NEWLYWEDS AND ALL MARRIED COUPLES....

....After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin; they can’t face each other, but they still stay together. Hemant Joshi

....The most effective way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once...Anonymous

....If a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her. Sacha Guitry

SAVE YOUR PENNIES....

While out in New Mexico, Las Cruces had the groundbreaking for the Spaceport America, which will become the leader for the new private space adventurers led by the Virgin Galactic enterprise. There will be a large Terminal Hanger Facility to house the Virgin Galactic’s fleet of spaceliners Passengers will board a rocket ship attached to the center of a jet-powered twin-fuselage “mothership”. They will be flown to an altitude of about 50,000 feet and launched, dropped like a bomb from mid-air. The engine on the rocket will propel them to about 62 miles above the ground. This trip into space will not be cheap, but will provide an opportunity for those having the money to experience space.

Also there is great interest from scientists, the millitary and industry to use the system to accomplish some of their goals. These space trips are not like NASA. They do not plan to explore space, but rather to experience it.

We were excited that we got to see the Virgin Galactic “mothership”, the WhiteKnight Two fly over as it passed above Las Cruces and over the proposed new spacefield. It was really something to see...even if it did not have the rocket between the double hulled plane.

So, if you are an adventurer who wants to go into space, this will be a great opportunity for you to experience it. We are not sure of the cost of the trip, but you had better start saving your pennies and MORE to provide for the cost, which we think will be pretty expensive!!!

We have no desire to make the trip to space, we get dizzy standing on a chair, but we did enjoy seeing the plane of the future today...that was enough excitement for us!!

WHERE WERE YOU?????

There are some dates, times and occurances that we remember so clearly, even though many years have passed. We can remember where we were, what we were doing as well as the feelings that we had at that time.

Just about anyone can tell you where and what they were doing when they heard the news of President Kennedy being shot and killed. And the feelings that grew within us in dealing with this news was increased each minute and day by day as scenes and disbelief filled the news on tv and radio. Where were you on that terrible day?

There were other things that happened that were so impressed on my minds and thoughts through the years....some bad, and some good....We can remember LSU winning their FIRST National Championship in 1958...do you remember?

One of the highlights for many of us old enough to remember occurred in 1969....the landing of the first men on the moon. That was excitement and worry as well as pride as we sat in front of a small seven inch color television set up in Terre Haute, IN, where we were in school...and watched our Americans take their first steps on the moon with many of our classmates that had no TV...it was a wonderful adventure...and to watch it LIVE was really something.

Where were you...and what were you doing?

The Apollo 11 flight was a tremendous example of what America and it’s brave citizens can do when needed. We were so proud of them at that time 40 years ago....and we are STILL proud of them today. It was a time when the entire world looked at our country with amazement at this outstanding feat and to the brave men who were willing to sacrifice their lives to be the FIRST men to walk on the moon. Yes, it was a time of great PRIDE in our country for all Americans and the world!

“People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do!” Unknown

WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF

WONDERFUL PEOPLE....

As we read the Tribune each week we just have to look carefully at the organizations that are doing and have been doing for so many years for our city and community.

These were some of our mom’s very special groups and she took such great pride in being able to attend the meetings and see first hand the commitment of the members to achieve the goals of their organizations.

Seeing the pictures of the friendly faces of the members who were so important to our mom, bring back special memories and deep appreciation for the many things that they did for her....and how very much she enjoyed attending the meetings, seeing and visiting with everyone, and catching up on the news not only of the organizations, but on the members, her beloved friends.

Looking at the pictures of the Rayne Volunteer Fire Department as they honored the retired members and the widows of those who have passed on at a recent banquet, brought back the feeling of pride she had in each and every member for the tremendous work that they do to keep our homes safe from fires and other disasters. Having lost our home to a terrible fire, she knew first hand the great job the firefighters did to save as much of the house that they could...and the care that they gave her and grandson Bo during that cold, cold early moring in February.

One of her most prized possessions was when the group made her an honorary member of the Rayne Voluneer Fire Department and the FIRST woman to have such an honor.

Her badge was and still is proudly displayed in our home, so that we can always remember the special bond between mom and the members of this important group.

Also, the pictures of the American Legion Post NO. 77 and Auxiliary Unit No. 77 taken at their joint installation banquet brought back such happy memories of our mom.

These were two very important groups in her life, and she LOVED going to the meetings and supporting these organizations in any and all of their projects through the years.

One of her greatest achievements was submitting her scrapbook each year to the state Legion office....to show to the leadership in Baton Rouge the many, many achievements of the Legion and Auxiliary in Rayne during ONE year. She loved these groups and what they stood for....supporters for our American way...and for their having served in the military during their lives..Just looking at the familiar faces of the members made us very proud of the things they have done, yet very sad, since our mom was not with them to celebrate.

These are just two of the MANY organizations that mom loved, supported, and admired for their work....We could write an entire paper just describing the various clubs and groups that she was so proud to be asssociated with...community groups, civic groups, religious groups, school groups. You just name it and she was there during her lifetime attending meeting, covering their sponsored events, supporting any project that they sponsored, and publicizing their organization in anyway she could...by the written word, or by the spoken word as she made her way around town.

We just wanted to say “thank you” to each of Rayne’s great organizations...for holding our mom in your hearts and memories as we have. We appreciate your comments on how much you miss her and it makes our heart happy that she was important to you. Even though she is no longer with us, we can assure you that she is there with YOU at every meeting and at every event watching with much pride for your hard work and all your accomplishements. As long as she is remembered, she will aways live!

In closing.....

We started this with the question where did the summer go? August has always been the “dog days” of summer. The end of a glorious summer time...but usually with the hottest weather of the season. By the time the really hot weather hits, everyone usually is looking forward to the beginning of school...and cooler weather...shorter days and longer nights...and a time to rest from all of the activities in the summer schedules with the children home from school...or other things that took so much of our time and energy....a time to slow things down...and to slow ourselves down for rest before the busy fall schedule kicks in with school activities, sports, and all other things that we do during this time of the year.

This summer, the “dog days” came earlier than usual with 100 degree days in July....so we wonder what August will hold for us. Hopefully, our hottest days are behind us and August will be better days....with NO hurricanes or storms coming our way.

Whatever this month holds for us, we pray that it will be a good one for you and all your loved ones..... and that it will be filled with lots of love, happiness and good health...and FUN.

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,

We must carry it with us or we will find it not.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Until next time...... Adieu!

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