As I Was Saying
By Opal Toney
Excitement in the air . . .
“Two more days of school!” I keep hearin’ that over and
over every where I’ve been today.
And especially when I’m at home. Since quite a few of my family work
there, or have children and grandchildren who attend school.
So there’s excitement in the air!
On thing that will be different for me is I’ll not have to wait till all
the buses get by my road in the mornings.
‘Guess I’ll never get used to having a whole road full of yellow buses
goin’ by–tell the truth, I’ll kinda miss ‘em as I sit by my window and
say a prayer for all who take a part in the “school business,” a very
important one, and I appreciate them all.
And it brings back memories of years ago. It was an altogether different
life back then.
One thing we would be very excited about is the programs we would have
on two nights in a row–first one for the young kids, and the other would
be a “play” performed by the “high school” students.
Of course, in my early school days this took place at Prairieville.
Every community had their own school, and the “last night of school”
events were eagerly looked forward to and planned at different times–so
we could go to all of them!
And every school would be packed with folks from all around the country.
The ones that are still fresh in my mind beside our own are Wise,
Arcadia, White Hall, Mono, and Whitton. And Ola, when it came to playin’
sports, they were hard to beat!
Things and lives really changed when schools were consolidated.
There’s not a lot of us left from that far back–but I still have
memories–and see “offsprings” of my old friends.
As I was saying, there’s excitement in the air–and memories in my
SE Kaufman Senior Center offering new programs,
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–Donna Jamerson, director of the Southeast Kaufman Senior Citizens
Center, announced the start of the center’s summer activities program
The Center will offer bingo, “42” and other domino games, as well as
card and board games, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
There is always a quilt in progress, and anyone interested in learning
to quilt, or just wanting to sit in for a few stitches and conversation
An exercise program geared to ages and abilities will be started soon.
Fridays have been designated as “Crazy Days” at the Center, with new and
exciting games and programs for everyone.
Also, there are quiet places to sit and read, or chat with friends and
neighbors over a cup of coffee or glass of iced tea in air-conditioned
Lunch is served at noon daily at the Center. Jamerson asks that you let
the Center know by 10:30 a.m. whether you plan to eat, so she will have
enough food prepared for everyone.
There is a suggested lunch donation of $2 for anyone over 60, and $4.50
for all others to offset the cost of food.
“If you can’t afford the suggested donation, come anyway,” Jamerson
said. “After all, the goal of the Center is to create a friendly place
for senior citizens to come and meet new friends, have fun, and remain
The Center is looking for volunteers to assist with the activities and
new programs, as well as helping deliver Meals on Wheels as substitute
The Senior Citizens Center is located at 300 N. Dallas in Kemp. For
directions, or more information about activities, call (903) 498-2140.