OPINION

Ripley Senior News

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Gazebo

Hi, everyone. The Center is still closed and will remain closed until further notice.

My riddle this week is: Why did the farmer bury his money?

The Jackson County Commission on Aging is still serving meals three days a week. Meals will be available at the senior centers and delivered for Meals on Wheels Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Frozen meals will be given out on Thursday for Friday and Monday.

April is here and let’s hope the nice weather stays with us. I’ve put my Christmas cactus and aloe plant out on the front porch. I’ve been out and about working in the garden. We’ve planted a large row of peas and I can’t wait ‘til they come up. My blackberry bushes are leafing out, and I’ve been transplanting flowers and pulling up weeds. I’ve already had to cover up perennials when we had those two freezing nights when the temperature got down to 21 degrees. Every year the warm temperatures make them pop up out of the ground way too soon.

The birds are making nests in our birdhouses, the bees are buzzing, and the fruit trees are in bloom. I’ve seen the wood ducks visit the duck house we put up down by the creek. I’m hoping this year that the ducks will win out over the starlings that try to nest there. We’ve yet to see it, but some day I’d love to see baby ducks jumping out of the box into the creek.

I was up at my cousin’s house yesterday and we were talking about the old days — about how everything is so different now than when we were young. Unlike the children of today, we were outside all the time, and so were our parents. We didn’t have the distractions that we have now a days.

When the older people of today were young, a lot of their households never had television, telephones or radios to distract them and keep them inside the house. After doing their chores, they’d ride their bikes, make up games and play outside until dark.

For people in my age range and a little younger, their households had televisions and radios, but there were no computers, video games or cell phones to take up our spare time. As children we stayed outside all day playing a wide range of games with cousins and friends, and we’d take our radios (tiny transistor radios) with us and walk down the road listening to the music.

I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe and enjoying this nice weather. Charley and I bought bicycles. They are the old-fashion type — no gears and no hand brakes. We’ve been riding around the subdivision on our cranberry red and light blue bikes. Mine has a basket. All I need now, like Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz," is a little dog to ride in it.

I leave you with the following verses:

Song of Solomon 2:11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

Song of Solomon 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

Isaiah 61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Answer to riddle: To make his soil rich!