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Out On The Mudline

Area Landscape Beginning To Show Colors Of Spring

By W. P. Sissell


As I gaze out the window of this, a bedroom turned into a computer domicile (there’ a lot of attendant “junk” in here), I am ever impressed with the beauty of this world in which we live.  Years ago, on a visit, my uncle Ray, looking out our north windows, remarked, “William, if heaven’s as beautiful as that I will not mind going there. He and my Dad were two little boys born in a sod house in western Gove County,  Kansas (“Goodwater,” to be more exact).  They seldom failed to see each other every day.  Another relative from California remarked , “you can’t buy scenery like that in our country.”  

Have you noted the seemingly sudden change in the color of our landscape?  Just a few days ago there were only splotches of green grass in the pasture, though most of the shrubs, along with the lone pine and the Magnolia outside my window are evergreen.  

On the south side the close-in shrubs are primarily evergreen while our pears, both fruit bearing (Pineapple) and non-edible fruit bearing (Bradford) are white with blooms, our Redbuds, Dogwood, and “Granzy-Gray-Beard are only beginning to bud.  The grass in the pasture is almost solid green already. Don’t you just know that I want to know why?

The Simple Answer

The simplest answer is that Easter is early—it cannot come before March 22 or after April 25.  This year the date is March 23.   The encyclopedia which I am using contains a table giving the dates for Easter from 1980 thru 2000.  In the twenty-year period covered by the table there are only four listings in March ( March 30, l986; March 26, 1989; March 31, 1991; Mar 30, 1997).Uncle Nase would say. “It all depends on the moon” and always got his cotton planted in the “right time’ by the moon.  This might be his exception of getting his garden planted by “Good Friday.”

The date for Easter does (usually) vary from year to year.  For most Christians it falls (usually) on the first Sunday after the first full moon on, or after, March 21.  [The usually ,above, is not explained.] It cannot come before March 21 or after April 25.  The first Nicene Council in A.D. 325 set the method of determining the date of Easter. Certain of the Eastern Orthodox Churches may calculate Easter later.  

Now I know why my Dogwood, Redbud, and Granzy-Gray-Beard are not budded out. It’s too early. I will still look forward to a trip down to the O tuckalofa place to see the spring “foliage show” there.

A Phone Call

When the phone rang yesterday I wondered why Nannette was smiling at first and then expressing her regrets.  Two of us Sissell cousins were lucky enough to have married girls from Taylor, Mississippi.  The party on the other end of that line was Mrs. Doris Hamilton Crocker my oldest cousin, James Crocker’s wife.    Nannette soon gave the phone to me so that Doris could tell about their troubles.  James had trouble with his gall bladder.  Sissell “stubbornness” prevailed until he just had to go to the doctor.  I know this (Doris did not tell me this) but not too many months ago I had the same trouble and for a reason of my own delayed going to the doctor.  James’ trouble changed to an infection of the liver—more serious.  According to Doris, James had insisted on her calling to let us know about their trouble.  

She was alone—their son who lives in the Baton Rouge area had troubles and was unable to come.  Their other son, who lives on the West Coast, has troubles which keep him from getting there.  Doris did not have her phone list.  However, apparently one of the neighbors brought her mail (I’m only sure that she got the Herald somehow).  When she saw that Herald she remembered that our phone number was at the end of the column. Later, when they took James out of the room for some reason, she called.  Although she is assured that everything is going to be all right—saying further that God is taking care of their needs—she asks for our prayers—and I ask you further to answer her request.  This couple has made their home in Mobile, Alabama since the beginning of WW II.  

Do have a happy and great Easter and a full coming week.  I just got my tax return mailed so I’m free of one more absolute “must do.”  Thank you for your words of encouragement.  You can reach at 23541 Highway 6 (278), Batesville, MS 38606, wsissell@bellsouth.net or 662-563-9879.

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