Being a mother is one of the best things in life

By FLORA OVERSTREET,

Welcome to “The Little Town with a Big Heart”

Being a Mother — author unknown.

After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, “I love you, but I know this other woman loves you too, and she would love to spend some time with you.” The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my mother, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.

That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie.

“What’s wrong, are you well?” she asked. My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late-night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news. I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time with you,” I responded. “Just the two of us.”

She thought about it for a moment, and then said... “I would like that very much.” That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up, I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on. She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel’s.

“I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed,” she said, as she got into the car. “They can’t wait to hear about our meeting.” We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only read large print. Half way through the entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips.

“It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small,” she said. “Then it’s time that you relax and let me return the favor,” I responded.

During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation — nothing extraordinary but catching up on recent events of each other’s life. We talked so much that we missed the movie. As we arrived at her house later, she said, “I’ll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you.” I agreed. “How was your dinner date?” asked my wife when I got home.

“Very nice. Much more so than I could have imagined,” I answered. A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn’t have a chance to do anything for her. Some time later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place mother and I had dined. An attached note said: “I paid this bill in advance. I wasn’t sure that I could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two plates — one for you and the other for your wife. You will never know what that night meant for me. I love you, son.”

At that moment I understood the importance of saying, in time, “I love you.” And to give our loved ones the time they deserve. Because nothing is more important in life than family... and they shouldn’t be put off until “some other time.”

Mother’s Day weekend visitors with Flora Overstreet were Wayne and Katie, Mary Claire and Laurel Overstreet from Milton, Ga., Sandra, Johnny Walker, Ashley, Bryce and Nick Lane of Hickory.

Sand Springs Baptist Church will have its vacation Bible school May 28 through June 1. The time will be from 6 p.m. to around 8:15 p.m. A snack will be provided. Our church is located on Hwy. 503 north of Hickory. Come join us for fun and worship.

Prayer requests go out to Mike Brackeen Sr., Brian Kelly’s family, Dannie Walker’s family, Susan Cuchens, Bro. William Spencer. Makenlee Wright, Tony Grimes, Tim Stanford, Dustin Harris, Ally Gressett, Allyssa McMullan, Alana McMullan, Peggy Garrison, Donis Gomillion, Mike Linton, John Patterson, Doyle Gibbs, Doyle McMullan, Cille Norman, Doyle McMullan, Stephanie Roland, Janie McMullan and Stacy Stevens.   

Shut-ins are Mary Stamper, Earline Everett, Johnnie McMullian. 

Birthday wishes for the week go out to May 16 to Gillian Hitt and Joyce Johnson; for May 17 to Tamara Mills, Madison Reynolds and Ida Mae Scoggin in memory; for May 18 to Lily Addy, Patricia Butler, Paula Williams and Sharon McNeil; for May 19 to Angie Dover former Hickory resident; for May 20 to Faye Henley, Stephen Powell Jr., and Junior Brackeen  in memory; for May 21 to Page McKinion, Annie Merle Everett and Ray Strebeck; and for May 22 to Mary Oglesbee in memory. Happy  birthday to each one!

Anniversary wishes for the week go out to May 19 to Jeff and Sarah Federick; for May 20 to Stephen Powell; and for May 21 to Rick and Claire Hasselle. Happy anniversary to each one!

Recipe for the week:  Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Ingredients: 1 container (16 ounce) fresh strawberries with leaves ¾ cup dark chocolate chips; ½ teaspoon shortening or vegetable oil.

1. Line large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper. 2. Gently rinse strawberries; dry on paper towels (berries must be completely dry. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and shortening uncovered on high 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Dip lower three-fourths of each strawberry into chocolate mixture; allow excess to drip off into bowl. Place on cookie sheet. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until chocolate is set. Store covered in refrigerator.

From the communities of Hickory, Berry, Sand Springs, and Mount Vernon and Poplar Springs, email or call flora-overstreet64@gmail.com or call 601-479-9044 with your news.

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