Well, even though he’s not with us, this would be what I would call Dad’s day.
Every year, he would ask if I was going to write about two of my siblings’ as well as my birthdays…all on the same day a year apart. Yes, Ron, Bev and I were born on May 6; Ron being the oldest, me the middle child and Bev. Then, little sister Brenda, came along 9 1/2 years later and opted to get married on our birthday. Her wedding date to husband Dan was on 5-6-78.
I think Dad was proud of his and Mom’s accomplishment by having three born on the same day. That meant she had three children under the age of 2. Can you imagine what that was like? We were little angels, but I’m sure it had to be rough on them, especially Mom who once said she would have rather had triplets.
Not only was our birthdate special, but a lot of things happened to the family on that date. Dad was named foreman at New Idea in Coldwater on that date; one of his horses had a colt born that date; and Mom’s sister, Mary, got married to Joe Gasper on that date, to name a few. And, one year Mom was in the hospital on May 6, I am thinking for out-patient surgery, when Dad made the remark that he could have filled the hospital up with babies on May 6 if Mom would have let him. Of course she didn’t, but I bought a doll at the gift shop and gave it to her to take home that day. It wasn’t quite the same, but I think Dad was entertained by it.
Dad, who could be quite the character, died July 20, 2016, and he is missed. I had to do this in my column one more time just for him.
Happy birthday, Ron and Bev, and happy anniversary Brenda and Dan!
We three are another year older, Ron hitting the 70 mark, but we have to live with it.
Recently when I interviewed Richard Marker for his 90th birthday, he brought me some information which I am sharing in my column. I think he was trying to tell me something.
One item read: “Remember, old folks are worth a fortune…silver in their hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys, lead in their feet and gas in their stomachs.”
Another bit of information he passed along to me went like this:
“I am older since I saw you last, and a lot of changes have come into my life. Frankly, I have become quite a frivolous old gal. I am seeing five gentlemen a day! As soon as I wake up, Will Power helps me get out of bed. Then I go see John. After that, Charlie Horse comes around. When he is here, he takes a lot of my time and attention. Eventually, Arthur Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day. He doesn’t like to stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint. After a busy day, I’m really tired and glad to go to bed with Ben Gay. What a life! The preacher came to call recently and said that at my age, I should be thinking of the hereafter. I told him, ‘Oh I do…all the time. No matter where I am…in the den, upstairs, in the kitchen or down in the basement….I am always asking, myself, ‘What am I here after.’”
Thanks, Richard, for your words of wisdom.
• There will be a Treaty City Seniors dance Monday at the VFW Post on North Ohio Street in Greenville from 1 to 4 p.m.
• A benefit for Irma Stewart’s lung transplant will be held today at the Union City American Legion, 409 W. Pearl St., Union City, Indiana. The benefit will start at 11 a.m. with a bake sale, then there will be a golf cart/motorcycle poker run at 12:30 p.m. A euchre tournament will start at 2 p.m. and there will be food and fun to be had. Entertainment will be provided by Rockin’ with Rocky from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. All donations and proceeds will go to Irma in her time of need.
• A quarter auction is also set for today at the VFW in Greenville to benefit Kyndal Wynk of Versailles. The infant was born with VACTERL. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the auction will begin at 2 p.m.
• The last steak fry of the season at Ansonia American Legion will be on May 13.
Happy birthday to:
• May 7 to Jim Reed Sr. (88).
• May 9 to Tammy Henderson Gretzinger, Joan Huff, Nathan Burnfield (45), Don Waymire, Darby Gilland, Megan Mader, Faye Rismiller Harman, Betty Gaerke and Mick Besecker.
• May 10 to Butch Clark, Kay Hartzell, Jamie Hunt, Doug Shepherd, Clarence Kammer, Heath Riffell, Tod Fink, Virgil Rismiller (75) and Carol Haworth.
• May 11 to Maurice Herron, Joan LaFuze Mangen, Crystal Barga, Jenny Schlecty Stutz, David Campbell, Gabe Wombolt and Dennis Poffenberger.
• May 12 to Retha Bubeck, Ken Pence, Dean Edwards, Zachory Martin, Thomas Ward, Matt Armold and Kurt Brown.
• May 13 to Marcia Christian Henry, Jimmy Miller, Barbara Fee and Kaleb Gerace.
• May 14 to Tom Buemi, Pauline Baker Albritton, Emily Schmitz, Justin Shuttleworth, Ruth Koverman, Reganne O’Connor, Gavin Kelch and Dean Eby.
• May 15 to D’Arleen Waymire, Sarah Matevia, Matt Klackner, Tasha Fledderjohn Anderson, Kyle Cox, Chuck Miller II and Gary Cothran.
How could I have forgotten to wish Richard “Dickie” Marker a happy 90th birthday on April 29? Sorry! However, his family does want to thank the people who came to his birthday party to celebrate the milestone with him last Sunday.
Happy anniversary to: Larry and Joan Hesson (50 years) on May 13; Larry and Cheryl Peters on May 14 and Jennifer (Ernst) and Dave Sturgill and Carla and Adam Kunk, all on May 15.
Don’t forget to pray for: Tom Brumbaugh Jr., Mason Osterloh, Marilyn Peterson, Irma Stewart, Judy Peters, Carl Francis, Harry Moody, Gary Foureman, Kent Clark, Kyndal Wynk, Ron Kreitzer, Vickie Martin, Betty Kremer, Jeff Stump, Stacy Dorko, Charlotte Metzcar, Vicki Wilker Gibson, Evan Boggs, Rhonda Rodeheffer Rismiller, Janet Bolin, Shirley Miller, Roger Flory, Albert Duncan, Jack Good, Bill Duncan, Keith Starks, Darla Bowman Miller, Cheri Antrobus Davis, Scott Clark, Steve Schafer, Tom Hawkins, Greg Moody, Connie Apple, Jodie Glick, Kohen Thwaits, Jerrod Pratt, Dawn Oldiges, Judy York, Lowell Elsass, Linda Johnston, Tracy Bailey, Shannon Peters Hall, Jack Riegle, Bruce Knick, Aiden Turner, Brody Wilson, Carol Bollheimer, Roger McEowen, Al Bliss, Tim King, Gary Poor, Layna Best, Jean Eastridge, Alishia Clark Funk, Glenna Curry, Mike Bale, Phyllis Gibbons, Carmen Sanders, Michael Allen Clark, Elmer Long, Shirley Mead, Kathy Magoto,
Also, Wanda and Joe Bailey, Shelly Hoffman, Lisa Hall, Tammy Shapiro, David Magoto, Phil Clark, Sonny Hunt, Don and Nina McDaniel, D’Arleen Waymire, Pappy Harshman, Delores Duncan Bridges, John Klipstine, Elsie Svajda, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr., Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Teresa Mayo Amspaugh, Tina Kiser Deaton, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Faye Schlecty, Sheila Reed, Bill Beasley, Kody Ketring, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Kevin Dickey, 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 send our condolences out to the families of: Donald Koontz and Eileen Rhoades.
Think about it: “Haul forgotten dreams down from dusty shelves and follow them.” —Unknown
Linda Moody is a staff writer for The Daily Advocate. Her column appears every Saturday. She can be reached at email@example.com.