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Rector on Labor DayPosted Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at 10:45 AM
It is Labor Day! There is a group of people who inexplicably but persistently, year after year choose to stand on the West side of Main Street to watch the parade -- the parade that starts at 9:00 am on Labor Day. The sun is always just barely above the rooftops of the buildings on the East side, still low enough to slip under the awnings on the West side. I am one of those people. I don't know why exactly, but every year I stand there staring into the sun with eyes squinted and face melting to cheer on every single entry in the parade. Every year I question the wisdom of this decision and every year I turn up on the same corner. I am not really insane, because I know what to expect and unless it is cloudy, I don't expect anything different. I am not sure what you would call me but I do expect you will see me there again next Labor Day. And I am sure my crow's feet will be much deeper next year too.
The Rector School Band did a really good job this year. We owe that to a good band teacher and a lot of hardworking band members. I have seen lots of improvement over the past few years and want to give a shout out to all of them. Good work band. Keep it going.
The "Ultimate Oldies" performance on Saturday was a grand success and a fun evening, even if we did have to dodge a tornado right before the show started. It went over or around us without much trouble at all. And then the show went on, as they do. I am not too sure the rodeo didn't have a little down time though.
Then it was back to class reunions and family reunions and friendly reunions. We just had a bunch of reuniting going on. Just a few of the people I ran into were Robin Price, who now lives in Knoxville, AR, Virginia Reid from Kennett and Bill and Ruth Ann Vanlandingham from Katy, Texas. I also saw Jim and Deanie Wagster, Paul and Jeri Fretts, Gloria (Rust) Reed. And more and more and more. Lots and lots of out-of-towners. Fun, fun, fun.
It is halfway through Labor Day now and the picnic is going strong. I have my T-shirt and have had a barbeque sandwich and will go back in a little while to see what else is going on. For those of you who want a quick snapshot of the picnic here it is: Lots of people, lots of hugging, friendly chatter, music and babies with bows in strollers; young girls doing handstands on the grass, squeals of delight from the carnival rides. Funnel cakes and barbeque, hamburgers with grilled onions, snow cones, pageant beauties all dressed up in formal wear, people and laughter and tantalizing smells. Dogs on leashes sunburns, more music, more friends, more fun than one can process. If you weren't here you were missed.
Let me know what is going on with you. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me (870) 595-3173. You can even drop me a line at 514 West 3rd St., Rector AR 72461. Stay cool, have fun and be safe.
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Christa is proud to call herself a true Rector native. Although she was raised on the Texas Gulf Coast, she was born right here on Hickman St. As an adult she traveled and lived in several places before deciding it was time to come home in 1994. She has been active in the community and enjoys watching the world go by from her front porch.