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Still living life on the farm, which is a really good life. I’m well cared for and fed, but it’s just not a normal life for a gal who left the farm almost 64 years ago and has been a resident of Main Street Water Valley since. We have had a house in the country for most of those years, but have spent more of our time in town.
Ed and I would have celebrated our 64 wedding anniversary on June 19. We got married on a Saturday and I came to work full-time at the Herald on Monday, June 22, 1958. I quickly found out full-time meant 18-plus hours a day, six days a week. After the first week I was ready to go back to the farm, except for the fact that I loved Ed too much to leave him.
It was fun to reminisce about that wedding day with family, some who remembered it and others who had just heard about it. On our wedding day it rained very much as it did a week or so ago. There was some flooding, our singer could not get to the church and Ludie and Ann Appleton almost didn’t make it. Ludie said Ann kept saying, “Mother I can’t see the road.” Ann said she was told, “Just drive,” so she did. We had pretty good attendance, even with the inclement weather.
Another wedding memory arrived after my nephew, Michael, and his family, Missy, Jack and Caroline attended the wedding of Caroline’s and Jack’s baby sitter. Long-time neighbor, Ann McCurdy Mills was at the wedding and told Michael to tell me “hello” and they were praying for me.
Well, it just so happened that we had looked for a hair piece to hold my veil on my wedding day. Ann’s mother was putting up Easter bonnets and thought one of them just might be what we needed. It was and I’m sure somewhere in my stuff that little bonnet and the veil will be found. I do have some great memories.
Jack was a member of the wedding party, serving as an usher. This handsome 16 year-old looked so dapper in his navy sport coat. Caroline was also very beautiful in her wedding frock. After the wedding the family came back by the Cole home to drop Caroline off – –she is on an extended stay at the farm.
Jack, an excellent baseball player, who is a member of a traveling team, was playing in Millington on Sunday, so he and his parents went on up to spend the night so they would be rested for the day’s game. Unfortunately, Jack’s team lost by one run at the very end of the game. I do like baseball and hope to see him play when life gets back to normal. We’ve been watching the college games for the past week and that has been fun.
Life on the farm has now picked up with the arrival of hay harvesting time. I was told that the first few days would mostly be getting the equipment in working condition – seems that after a winter’s parking it takes a while to get everything to run again. Even warned, I was not ready for all the trips Bill had to make to the dealers for simple little parts, and then the time it took to put the parts on, make adjustments, and get some of the computers to work.
My remembrance of hay baling was park a baler, windrow the hay, pick it up on trucks or trailers, haul it to the baler, where it was put in by hand and the little square bales came out. They were tied with baling wire and not sisal twine, which is used today. Of course the bales today are the big round variety. Bill and his crew finally got the process going and are making some progress. It took some long days – Bill arrived home for supper each night about nine o’clock, as I’m sure did the rest of the crew.
More farm news came from nephew, William, and his son, Harris. William owns farm land, which is custom farmed. Harris, who plans to make farming his life’s work, is now a Mississippi State student, majoring in Agricultural Management. He is working summers for the gentleman managing his dad’s farm. In addition to this, William owns a Crop Insurance Agency. They report that thousands of acres of soybean and corn land will probably have to be replanted due to the flooding – if seeds can be found. Farmers are still waiting to see if the cotton crop will survive. And they are all hoping for a late fall and good condition for the remainder of this crop year.
I lived on the farm enough years, and even after that have been close to farmers, to be irritated when meteorologists are happy when we’re going to have low temps in the daytime and even down in the 60s at night. They should know that they are in an agricultural area and it takes hot days and night for crops to do well.
Jim reports that work is progressing on the bathroom. However, another bad problem has been discovered that has to be fixed before the work can be completed. My advice is just don’t open up the can of worms you find in an old house. Just don’t look – let the thing fall in and rebuild. Thought about that for a while and decided that we’d better be glad the problems have been found and fix them because you sure can’t afford to build, even if you can find the materials.
Maybe one day I’ll get back into my house, back to church, back to work, and all my other activities. And certainly back to fellowship with friends and neighbors. Thanks to all of you for your prayers, cards, calls, and visits. I love you all.