George Smith: At times I feel so unnecessary
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
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IT IS 9:46 Sunday morning.

I am in a small home office just off the den. The blonde is in the bathroom putting on her Go-To-Church face. It is a quiet time.

Then the phone rings ...

“Dad, is Mom there?”

No “Hello, Dear Dad,” No “How are you this morning?”

“Yeah, I’ll take her a phone ... hold on.”

Which I do. Then I head back to the office where the speaker phone is still on ... and I hear:

“Mom, I just called to say I’m glad you’re my mom.”

“Barry, more importantly, I’m glad you’re my son.”


I mull that over a bit and then head back down the hall to have a talk with ...

“Sweetheart, do you know who is the most important person on Mother’s Day?”

“Me ... the daddy. Without me he wouldn’t be your son, not that one. And, without me, you wouldn’t be his mother.”


It didn’t take a Daytona second for the “record” to flip.

“Yes, that’s true. But without me, he wouldn’t ...”

I fled the scene. No point in a Great Debate with Sunday preaching just an hour or so away ... but, dad-gummit, there are times when I feel so unnecessary.

But the blonde had a great Mother’s Day ... son and heir, lovely daughter-in-law, grandkids, grilled out (no cooking for her), a nice present, hugs and kisses, “I love you” all over the place, and one proud “unnecessary” drinking it all it.

Truth is, I had a great Mother’s Day, too. Sometimes, living in the shadow of grace and beauty and family love just ain’t all that bad.

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OCCASIONALLY, I tease you a bit in asking for the title and artist “In Country Song.” Last week it was:

“Sometimes I take a great notion,

“To jump in the river and drown.”


Several had the answer, “Good Night, Irene.”

A couple of old guys, Red Foley and Ernest Tubb, had the big country song, but I learned a few things.

The song was written by a Huddie William “Lead Belly,” Ledbetter, a black folk and blues musician. Born in 1888 in Mooringsport, La., he died in 1949.

He was a legend. To read, google his name and read. Heck of a life.

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BIRTHDAYS: May 7 — Peggy Young; May 12 — Dewey Gunn; May 15 — Dianna Middlebrook; Mitchell Muns; May 17 — Randy Webb, Steve Burt, Jerry “Chuck” Harris, Kenneth Picton.

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TOP TEEN: Meet Seth Posey, a senior at Jacksonville Christian Academy where he is president of the Student Government, the National Honor Society, and 4-H. That says this young man comes with huge leadership qualities.

He has also been on the A/B Honor Roll for seven years, is a JSU Emerging Leader, and JSU Writers Bowl.

Come play time, Seth can line up with the best.

He has lettered in football for five years, has been team captain two years, and has been named All-County and All-Region. He has also lettered in baseball two three years.

A member of First Baptist of Piedmont, Seth plans to attend JSU in ROTC. He holds an AOD Federal Credit Union Academic Scholarship.

“It has been a blessing getting to work with Seth over the years,” says Dr. Tommy Miller, principal. “He is really a class young man, has a very positive attitude, leadership qualities, and we surely will miss him.”

Proud parents are Kris and Tina Posey of Piedmont.

Let’s hear some applause ...

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George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: gsmith731@gmail.com



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