Sweet & Sassy: Always love your children


Son Jamie put another scare into me last weekend.

Early Saturday morning, about 20 or 30 minutes after he went to bed around midnight, I heard a sound coming from his room, so I ran [well, walked fast] in, and saw him seizing with his hands nearly straight into the air while he was lying on his back on the bed.

I immediately called for rescue, because he was unresponsive. In fact, he was still unresponsive when emergency officials got there. Friend Troy Kammer was first on the scene and he put Jamie on his side and kept him there until help arrived.

First, two rescue workers, Lucinda Ledbetter and John Snyder arrived, and three firefighters — Jerome Dotson, Cory Meadows and Cody Spencer — came to help get Jamie into the ambulance for a trip to the hospital.

Officials at the hospital said he started coming out of the seizure after he arrived there. We didn’t get home until almost 5:30 a.m., but he was a whole lot better.

I can’t remember him ever having a seizure while he was asleep, so now I will have to be aware that that can happen.

I wish there were a cure for Epilepsy, like there should be for every other life-threatening disease. I’ve told before, Jamie never had a seizure until three days after his 18th birthday, and they’ve been periodic ever since. They’re not all of the time, like they are for some people, and I’m so grateful for that.

It’s hard watching your child go through one of these and not being able to do something for him or her, whatever the case may be.

He pulled through again, thanks to the rescue people and the staff at Wayne HealthCare. He is back to his normal routine, although I think he should take it a little easy. But who am I? Just his mother.

I ran across this posting this week on Facebook and in the background of these words was a little baby.

“Not a mistake

“Not a problem

“Not a burden

“Not an inconvenience

“Not a nuisance

“Not an accident

“Not a punishment

“A miracle”

That’s how I feel about my son. I don’t know what I would ever do without him. I love you, Jamie.


As per the information on the story about Arthur Francis’s death in a traffic accident in Macon, Georgia, earlier this month, family members said the responding sheriff apparently had a couple of errors in what they said was a no-fault accident. Francis was 64 and the deceased’s date of death was Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. However, Francis would have turned 65 on Jan. 21.


Don’t forget:

• The next Treaty City Seniors dance will be Monday at the VFW Post on North Ohio Street in Greenville. Dancing is from 1 to 4 p.m. with Tom Everhart serving as deejay.

• Ansonia American Legion’s next all-you-can eat fish fry is Feb. 3 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8. The Legion will also be hosting a Super Bowl Party with a chili cook-off on Feb. 5.

• The second annual ball drop bonanza is set for Feb. 11, after the boys home varsity basketball game in the Ansonia High School gym. Tickets are one for $10 or three for $25. Sponsored by the Ansonia Athletic Boosters, the grand prize is $500. Second prize if $250 and third prize is $100.And, there will be seven other prizes with 10 chances to win. Tickets can be purchased at any home varsity boys basketball game and by calling 337-5141.

• Ansonia United Methodist Church will be showing the movie, “Woodlawn,” on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. It’s a free movie with popcorn.


Happy birthday to:

• Feb. 1 to Betty Kremer (90), Claude Pace, Dave Starline, Larry Rainey, Barb Greiner, Michelle Dickey, Angie Young Noggler, Brittany Newman and Jan Coby.

• Feb. 2 to Cheryl Sleppy Jennings, Harold Riffell, Vickie Chavez (60), Evan Leichty, Bob Baker of Arcanum, Judi Peters, Doug Mayo, Bobbi Miller, Samantha Voisard and Linda Spahr.

• Feb. 3 to Don Moody, Charlotte Metzcar, Bill Noggle, Barbara Elliott, Kim Rudnick, Tim Miller of Ansonia, Lindsey Miller, twins Robbie and Jerrod Widener and Robin Blinn.

• Feb. 4 to Kara Kammer Young, Gracie Boyd, Betty Poeppelman, Bill Martin, DeAnn Hill, Jeri Widener, Mark Libert, Brenda Hole and Karen Delk.

• Feb. 5 to Sandy McEowen Wright, Pat Macias, Susie Yohey George, Sue Minnich, Ken Preston Jr. and Kori Kramer Weiss.

• Feb. 6 to Irene Stone, Vicki Gephart, Steve Leis, Fred Goewert, Bob Turner, Ed Whittaker and Robert Duncan.

• Feb. 7 to Jessica Garber Best, Brianna Lore, Sharon Siders, Rob Chalmers, Christian Chalmers, Kelly Byram and Steve Holden.

Happy belated birthday to Tosha Brown on Jan. 20.

Happy anniversary to Norman and Barbara Weimer (60) on Feb. 3; Mike and Cindy Mescher on Feb. 4; and Josh and Onneke (Kelly) Edwards on Feb. 5.


Don’t forget to pray for: Tom Brumbaugh Jr., Steve Cunningham, Carl Francis, Evan Boggs, Rhonda Rodeheffer Rismiller, Roger Flory, Albert Duncan, Jack Good, Bill Duncan, Darla Bowman Miller, Cheri Antrobus Davis, Rosemary Goodpaster Wetzel, Pastor Don Brode, Bill Collins, Scott Clark, Steve Schafer, Tom Hawkins, Greg Moody, Connie Apple, Jodie Glick, Ron Kreitzer, Kohen Thwaits, Jerrod Pratt, Keith Starks, Scott and Judy Stahl, Dawn Oldiges, Judy York, Lowell Elsass, Linda Johnston, Stacy Dorko, Tracy Bailey, Shannon Peters Hall, Jack Riegle, Bruce Knick, Aiden Turner, Brody Wilson, Marie Rieman, Carol Bollheimer, Roger McEowen, Al Bliss, Tim King, Gary Poor, Clinton Linebaugh, Layna Best, Jean Eastridge, Alishia Clark Funk, Glenna Curry, Mike Bale, Phyllis Gibbons, Kenny Borger, Mary Marshall, Jenson Fullerton, Carmen Sanders, Michael Allen Clark, Elmer Long, Anthony Joyner, Shirley Mead, Harry Moody, Jim Moody, Betty Grimes, Kathy Magoto, Dean Brewer,

Also, Lisa Hall, Tammy Shapiro, Ken Martin, David Magoto, Phil Clark, Sonny Hunt, Don and Nina McDaniel, D’Arleen Waymire, Pappy Harshman, Delores Duncan, John Klipstine, Elsie Svajda, Dave Sherman, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Robert Codling, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr., Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Dina Dancer Morris, Teresa Mayo Amspaugh, Tina Kiser Deaton, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Stephen “Brownie” Brown, Nate Epperson, Brad Pipenger, Faye Schlecty, Sheila Reed, Bill Beasley, Kody Ketring, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Kevin Dickey, Brenda Grimes, Margaret “Peg” Bundy, Kevin Hemmerich, Penny Starns, Tim Heck, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Addie Henderson, Samantha Smith, Todd Walls, Ron Kramer, Dana Holzapfel, Kara Didier, Carla Welch and Bill Schuette.

And, pray for all those others who suffer from the many debilitating diseases, and may God bless all of our military people serving and protecting this nation, as well as rescue, fire and law enforcement personnel who put their lives on the line to protect us.


Jamie and I sincerely extend our condolences to the families of: Terri Martin, Ruth Scholl, Eddie Manning III, Elsie Grace Wein, Kathryn Knick and Sam Yagle.


Think about it: “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie


By Linda Moody

Linda Moody is a staff writer for The Daily Advocate. Her column appears every Saturday. She can be reached at [email protected].

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