Senior Focus


As I Was Saying
By Opal Toney

Rememberin' daddy . . .
As I sit here on this beautiful mornin’ my thoughts have turned to Sunday bein’ “Father’s Day.”
I often think of my Daddy. He has been gone a long time.
He was a “small man” in stature. But his heart was filled with love and kindness toward his family and many friends.
I guess he didn’t have much of a chance to talk with Mama and seven kids around.
She was somethin’ of a Pied Piper with young folks of the community.
And her children seemed to inherit her “love of gab.”
Except me. I was bashful, but try to make up for lost time every chance I get.
But back to Daddy. Another great love he had was his “pack” of fox hounds.
He liked nothin’ better than to go with his huntin’ friends and the ever-present dogs and have a “race.” It was usually at night.
They had no desire to catch the fox. What they enjoyed was the music they heard from the barkin’ of their dogs.
His best friend was our neighbor, who lived up the hill from our house.
He was as tall as Daddy was short. They were quite a pair.
With a twinkle in his eye, Daddy would say, “Ole, don’t talk too much. Listen to the music or I’ll climb up your leg and cut your throat.”
Daddy was very kind and known as a hard worker and honest as a day is long.
The only time I ever saw him cry was when the word was brought to him that his good friend, Ole, had died suddenly. Heart attack, probably–but I’ve forgotten for sure.
Years later, in the middle of the night, his friends brought Daddy home, leavin’ the dogs runnin’.
He was very ill. The Dr. soon got there from his home in Mabank. He spent the rest of the night, till our Daddy drew his last breath, with his family and friends around his bed.
I’ve always felt he went like he would have wanted to.
As I was saying, I often think of my Daddy.

Training set for those 55 and older
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–If you are 55 or older on limited income and having trouble finding a job, Experience Works may have a training opportunity for you.
Experience Works can offer temporary part-time work, while you look for permanent employment, at no charge.
Experience Works, Inc. is part of the Senior Community Service Employment Program, Title V, Older Americans Act and funded through the U.S. Department of Labor, Equal Opportunity.
For more information call Pat Curry at (903) 677-3521.
A meeting will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, June 19, in the East Texas Workforce Center, 205 N. Murchison St., Suite 101, Athens.





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