Ripley Senior News: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Ripley Senior Center

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: What is the difference between a train and a teacher?

The senior centers have reopened under new guidelines:

  • New hours will be from 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday.
  • You must enter through the front door. Before gaining entrance, a screening will be conducted and your temperature will be taken. Wearing a mask is not required, but optional.
  • A reservation is required for indoor dining and curbside meals. Curbside meals are still being served from 10-10:30 a.m.
  • If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID, please do not come to the center.
  • We will be observing CDC guidelines for social distancing. If you have any concerns or questions, you may call the center at 304-372-5151.

Inside activities have resumed. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday: 9:30-10:30 a.m. — Crafts
  • Tuesday: 9:30-10:30 a.m. — Bingo
  • Wednesday: 9:30-10:30 a.m. — Exercise
  • Thursday: 9:30-10:30 a.m. — Bingo
  • Friday: 9:30-10:30 a.m. — Exercise

We will be practicing social distancing during our activities. Bingo will be played with paper cards that can be thrown away.

Things are getting back to normal at the center. We’re having to get used to starting our activities a little earlier in the morning than usual. We held a short senior meeting. I read the minutes from a year and a half ago, and we announced that next month on Sept. 21 we will meet again and have an election for the new officers.

School has started in the county; the school busses are running, and the children are in class again. August is National Back to School Month. When I was a child, school started after Labor Day weekend. But many things have changed since I was a child in school.

My mother and my sisters attended a two-room schoolhouse when they were young. The long narrow building was at the foot of our hollow. The school closed in 1960 and I never got to go to classes in this building. There were steps that led up to a covered porch and double doors that opened to the inside. First and second grade were on the right of the building, and third and fourth grade were on the left. In the middle at the back of the building were two closets butted up against each other. One opened to the right and the other opened to the left for the children to hang up their coats. The chalkboards were on the ends of the rooms. The outhouse was to the left of the schoolhouse. They had wide gas stoves for heat and bottled water. They said the Pledge of Allegiance and the Lord’s Prayer.

This is a big difference from the large modern schools of today. But they received a good education and that is what counted.

I want to share a recipe with you. The cooks at the school I attended made these for dessert. They are delicious and very easy to make. Only four ingredients are needed.

Peanut butter chews

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup light Karo corn syrup

3/4 cup peanut butter

2 1/2 cups corn flakes

Put the sugar and Karo corn syrup into a saucepan. Stir together and bring to a full boil. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the peanut butter until smooth. Then, add the corn flakes and stir together. Spread and press the mixture into a pan and cut into squares.

If you try these, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

I leave you with the following verses:

Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Matthew 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Answer to riddle: The teacher says, “Spit that gum out,” and the train says, “Choo-Choo!”