As I approached retirement it seemed everyone either had some advice for me or a cute saying. One fellow said, “The thing about retirement is you never get a day off.” Another said, “Every day is like a Saturday. It is hard to tell the days apart.” One of the most prophetic was, “Once you are retired, you will be so busy that you won’t know how you had time to go to work.” That one is proving to be true and it relates to this column. I have so many people that I plan on featuring in upcoming columns. I just have to find the time to interview them. I hesitate to give the names for fear that area papers will beat me to them as the New Era did recently on Ms. Alice Propst.
Do you take this woman? Is this the year of the wedding or what? It is only mid-July and I have already been to seven weddings this year. Those weddings took place at Lamasco, Linton, Lake Barkley Lodge, Richmond and Bowling Green. The other two were at the Trigg County Courthouse and I actually was the official due to my magistrate superpowers. I have been fed everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to barbeque, prime rib and Champaign chicken. My ears have been serenaded with country music, traditional wedding music and a guy crooning in Latin (I think). I have seen wedding s parties in everything from jeans to the most elaborate of tuxes. You know what? Each one has been beautiful in its own right. That is one of the things that makes a wedding special, the uniqueness of it.
Oh, by the way, there are at least three more weddings that I know of that I am scheduled to attend this summer and fall if I am in town. WOW!
You can get vegetables in a lot of places. You can eat them in a restaurant, buy them at the grocery or the farmers market. Excuse my English here but, THERE AINT NOTHING LIKE COMING HOME AND FINDING A SACK OF FRESH CUCUMBERS AND SQUASH TIED AROUND YOUR KITCHEN DOOR. Giving vegetables like that to my wife is akin to giving Michelangelo a blank canvas and a bucket of paint. The last few days I have benefitted from the veggies of Mr. Tony Thomas’s garden and it has been a delight. I have feasted on bowls of cucumbers mixed with vinegar and sugar and cooked squash. It is a long standing tradition for folks that raise gardens in Trigg County to give a little to their neighbors and friends. Man, I am sure glad I can call Tony Thomas my friend. Speaking of friends, I just remembered Jim Wallace and George Radford raise a garden together. Either their garden hasn’t produced any tomatoes, cucumbers and the like or they have defriended me one.
It was a long standing tradition. Mr. Charley Morris would travel to Owensboro and bring my dad back some mutton. For those that don’t know Mutton is meat that comes from sheep. My dad had a taste form mutton that he apparently passed on to me. Fortunately, even though dad has passed, Mr. Charley still carries on the mutton tradition with me. He recently brought back some mutton from Old Hickory in Owensboro that was the most tender and tasty that I have ever eaten. Every day older I get I appreciate more and more folks like Mr. Charley and little traditions like the mutton run.
Thanks for reading. See you next week.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference
Mike Wright is the former head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.