I hope everyone had a good July 4. Mine was rather low key. I am such a whiner when it is hot. I didn’t make it to the picnic in Piggott this year and I hear I missed a good one. The first four years of my life, I lived in Piggott and the picnic was required on the 4th. For many of the years of my youth I was back in Arkansas for the 4th of July and wouldn’t have missed the picnic for anything. Then my husband and I moved to Rector in 1994 and the picnic in Piggott on the 4th of July again became a constant. But, I’ve gotten lax the past few years and rarely make it all the way to Piggott on the fourth. I need to try harder next year.
Picnic or not, Independence Day means a lot to all of us. It is the Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4, 1776 that broke the bond between 13 colonies in the New World and Old World England. It was the proverbial slap in the face to King George, from which there was no turning back. It was long and detailed in its accusations against him and laid the bedrock for the laws they would later craft and build their democracy around. July 4 was the day we declared our independence, but it would many more years before we earned it.
Jessie Malin and Rob & Cathy Louder spent their 4th at Steve and Mary Malin’s house on Kentucky Lake where they say the food was delicious and the company delightful.
Mary and Lendell Small also spent some on another Kentucky Lake shoreline, where they did some fishing and kicked back for a few days in between entertaining the grandsons.
On the good news front; after weeks of worrying over a Thailand soccer team gone missing, then found to be trapped in a flooded cave, we awoke yesterday morning to the news that two of the boys had been brought to safety then two more. Today there are eight boys out of the cave and in the hospital after more than two weeks trapped underground. Volunteers from several countries have joined the Thailand rescuers to craft a plan and work together to bring these boys home. Hopefully the rest will be brought out tomorrow.
Unfortunately, most of the children separated from their parents at our southern border are still not reunited with their families and many are unaccounted for, still. I hope their plight is resolved before long.
There will be much to vote on in November. I urge everyone to get out and vote. It is your opportunity to make your voice heard. If you aren’t yet registered to vote, do it soon. If you aren’t sure if you registered, you can easily check to see if your voter registration is current on this website: www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote . Enter your name, address and birthdate and click on the “Check your registration” button, and it will tell you immediately if your registration is valid or if it is not. I suggest we all do this. This link is good nationwide, so share it if you want.
I guess it is time for me to go. I hope you are enjoying these easy summer days. Let me know what is going on in your life and I will share it with everyone else. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Phone number (870) 595-4997. Check out your Rector, Arkansas website: www.rectorarkansas.com from time to time. I love to be told I need to update it and I take all suggestions to heart. Take a look.
Goodbye for now.