Tidbits - October 8, 2020

TIDBITS  by RALPH SHEALY



(Photo by Dibbie Shealy)

AUNT TEENIE

  This has been a “drive-thru” year, and I don’t mean fast food ... well, I guess that counts, too, come to think about it.
  I guess I’ve been to over ten drive-thru or drive-up events so far in 2020.
  My first drive-thru was my great niece Hannah Bowdler’s fourth birthday in April and my latest was my Aunt Christine Crouch Shealy’s 100th!!!
  It was billed as a “surprise,” but Aunt Teenie was bound to figure out something was going on when she came out of her house and saw all the cars across from her house in the SNC parking lot, and deputies at the end of her drive-way to direct traffic.
  The previous birthday drive-thrus I’ve been to were for children. We’d wave, hand them our presents, and drive off.
  Aunt Teenie’s was a lot slower, because she had to talk to every occupant of the cars that came through. When you’re 100, you have the right to do that.
  When I got there she talked about the lemon and chocolate pies from our past.
  When Jamie and I were children, we spent the day with Aunt Teenie and Uncle Julius’ youngest son, Eddie.
  At lunchtime, Aunt Teenie asked us “Do you want chocolate pie or lemon pie for dessert?”
  We excitedly gave her our answer, then she said, “Well, I don’t have either one.”
  We turned that “disappointment” into something to laugh about for 60 years.
  Saturday, Aunt Teenie reminded me she finally made me both those pies 50 years later. I think it was far my 60th birthday, which meant she was only 91 at the time.
  She baked a lemon pie and a chocolate pie and cut them in half. She took out half the lemon pie, then put in half the chocolate pie. Then she sprinkled the top with graham cracker crumbs, so I couldn’t see the slice.
  I was amazed when I cut it to find I had half a lemon and half a chocolate pie. It took 50 years, but it was good.
  When I sent Aunt Teenie a birthday card, I wrote, “Do you want a chocolate pie or a lemon pie?”
  She presided over another big event in my life, when she worked for the Selective Service and I had to go see her to register for the draft.
  I remember when the late Mrs. Lois Addy turned 100, and she told me she liked to go to Saluda Nursing Center to visit the “old people.”
  Aunt Teenie has the same sharp mind Mrs. Addy had at the century mark, and I’m sure she would visit the nursing center residents if she could.
  In the meantime, she’s Saluda County’s only 100-year-old Facebooker and emailer, I guess!
MASKED
  Since we’ve returned to in-house church service, we’ve been using the prepacked wafer and juice for communion.
  Sunday, we almost returned to the old way. Our pastor, Ken Freeman, wearing gloves, served us the bread with tongs, and Terry Winn, also wearing gloves, served us the little juice glasses.
  The problem was we were all wearing masks, and from where I sit in the choir loft, it was rather amusing at times. Some tried to drink the juice through their masks, some carried their cups  back to their seats, then brought them back to the altar rail.
  It was another “make it up as we go along” pandemic moment.
  I’ll be glad when life returns to normal.


NEVER LEARN
  Sometimes I never learn.
  In 47 years in this business, I know I should never list names from memory, because, invariably, I’ll leave somebody out.
  It was late last Sunday night when I finished my column, and at the end of my salute to Ronald Porter, I expressed my sympathy to Betty, Randall, Pam and Rhonda.
  Something didn’t look right, but I was tired and went to bed.
  The paper had already been printed when I saw Ronald’s obituary.
  “Oh, Lord, I left out Gwen!” Yes, I had omitted Ronald and Betty’s oldest daughter. That’s why it didn’t look right.
  I wrote an apology to Gwen on Facebook Messenger before the paper came out. The worst thing about a weekly paper is you have to wait seven days to correct a mistake.
  Through the years, I’ve accidently left names of young people out of lists in my column. Within seconds after the paper came out, I’d get calls from the mothers. Mothers take things like this personally.
  I thought I had learned my lesson. My apologies to Gwen, and any future mothers I may offend.


FRIDAY
  Everyone around here was excited about the Top Ten 2A Saluda-Newberry game Friday, when word came down just after lunch that Newberry had covid issues and the game would have to be postponed.
  The game will be made up, hopefully, on Oct. 30.
  Carolina and Clemson and their opponents have escaped the disease so far.
  Playing ranked teams the first two weeks of the season have wreaked havoc on the Gamecocks. That’s why early cream puffs help teams get better.
  Of course, Carolina, was supposed to open with Coastal Carolina and the Chants are currently 3-0.
  Clemson has been impressive. The next opponent, Miami, has looked good.
  The virus has struck all levels of sports, but more seriously, it has struck the White House.
  If the President of the United States can get the virus,so can you and I.
  I don’t like wearing a mask, but, guess what, I’m getting used to it. Be careful.