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A week of sad remembrances for all of us; the 21st year since the worst act of terrorism on the United States planned by evil minds, showing us we should never trust the word of the Taliban. We shall never forget the brave men, women and young children that were lost and the families they left behind in mourning.
Then I was filled with great personal sadness along with so many others, being a British-born citizen, first hearing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2nd’s illness and confinement with family called in. Then came the news of her death on September 8 at the age of 96. The queen lived a good life, was well-loved and admired for her compassion and the fact that her country and her people came first, then her own family.
I was brought up in a time when there was enormous respect for the royal family, and just think, she even joined in the WWII effort and learned how to drive a big tank and how to fix them. This was the same job that my dad had when he enlisted in the British Army.
The queen was business-like and matter-of-fact, was proud to raise her children in the Church of England, and her decisions were always the best for the United Kingdom. I thought as I was growing up, and still do, that my mum looked a lot like our reigning queen; so many similar things – they were born and grew up in the same era and had similar hair styles. My mother loved her hats, having a new one each time a sibling was married. They also shared caring loving smiles.
The new King Charles 111 gave a wonderful speech about the love and admiration and respect for his late mother, the queen, and how this was felt throughout the land and across the world.
Everywhere is so soggy, but some folks have dodged the heavy rains and done some grass cutting between rains while still looking for those promised cooler days and nights.
This is the time for spider lilies to pop up everywhere, so don’t miss this, their show. They make a great display in a dark vase.
The Equality United Methodist Church celebrated the 135th Annual Homecoming last Sunday September 11. The guest preacher was former EUMC Pastor Gene Lankford, and lunch was served after the service.
The special music was provided by Craig and Michelle Pippin based in Panama City, Florida. This couple travels throughout the Southeast sharing the gospel word. I am sure it was an enjoyable day for all with great fellowship and good food to share.
I am sorry I couldn’t give you earlier notice, because I just learned of this myself; 135 years is a long time for an original church to have had homecomings for past and present members.
One thing to think about: dear friends are never forgotten. They live within your heart.
Enjoy the weather as it changes into cool relief, and until next week try to keep smiling.
Remember, if you have news to share or a celebration, just call me at 256-234-0957 or send me a short email to Smanorlady@gmail.com. I will be happy to share with the readers.