2017-12-20 / Opinion

Up The Creek Without A Paddle

1897-2017 - Time flies when you’re having fun
by Terry Toole

Who would have thought that this 120th year of the Miller County Liberal would have wound down like this.

Grandma Zula was just a girl, who couldn't even vote when she started as editor/publisher of the Miller County Liberal.

I still don't like that name, and since I purchased it in the early 1970s, I have threatened to change the name to something more appropriate, but haven't due to grandma named it, and if I changed it she just might haunt me. We are anything but liberal now. I guess it was quite liberal for a woman to run a newspaper, since she was the first in Georgia, and maybe the nation. Women just didn't tell men how to vote before women could cast a vote, but she did. Things sure have changed.

With all that has happened to "ye scribe" in the past few months, I have come to the conclusion that if I'm going to do anything else, I had better do it, and quickly. There are a few things that are promised. We will be born, pay taxes and die. I'm almost finished with the born part, the tax paying and I came about as close to dying as you can come, mostly from a mosquito bite.

Since I am often the oldest one in most crowds when I walk in a room, be it a church, a funeral or a public meeting, I consider myself elderly. Lord, I really miss Uva. She made it to 102. She was ready, but was happy staying with us.

I was born into this newspaper not too far from where I am writing this column. The Lord has been so much better to me than I deserve, and I thank Him for that. If there is one thing I will never ask for is what I deserve. I almost daily ask for mercy and forgiveness that I didn't do better. He has given me another chance. Now my fear is that I don't do what I was left here to do. My real fear is He just wasn't ready for me to be with Him.

That getting bit by a deadly mosquito is serious business. I haven't run into many folks that have lived through West Nile Virus. The treatment is - NONE! The percentage of those who get well is almost the same. We have lots of mosquitoes in these parts. If I could give you some advice, I'd say get you some long britches and long sleeve shirts, and wear them.

If I make it till Thursday, December 21, I've been told I will be 82 years old. Now lots of folks make it to that age, but most men in my family don't.

Bless Ma, she had a tough life. She lost her mother at childbirth, her husband much too early, lost a daughter at childbirth and my only brother like the rest of the male Tooles much too early. She raised us to work and taught us right from wrong. She was a good mother, wife and friend to all who knew her. Those who knew her still miss her.

We will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior in just a few days. Although I can't understand how or why, He has blessed me and most of my family like He has. I was born to good folks, am married to the best wife I could have chosen for almost 62 years. First wife could have done lots better. I couldn't have. We had two great children, and from them we found out why their children are called grands.

If I could have one wish, it would be that we could love one another like our Savior loved and loves us. I still have some questions, but as Tammy said, everything is going to be so perfect, the questions won’t need an answer.

We have had a great life, and look forward to that promise of eternal life with our Lord, along with the loved ones we knew that have already gone to our Heavenly Fathers house.

May this be your best Christmas ever, and the promise of an even better life to come be yours, but the little I have learned, it is your choice. Choose wisely. Eternity is a long time, and the company we will keep will make you want to save your folks, for the Best is Yet to come! God Bless You All!

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