The Queen of the Lake is 90

Her children rise up and call her blessed. Proverbs 31:28 When my mother was 19, in 1951, she won ‘Queen of the Lake.’ I don’t even know which lake; it’s in Southeast Oklahoma. It doesn’t really matter. My mother’s being Queen became legend to us as children. My sisters and I played with the navy blue wallet embossed with gold crowns that was one of … Continue reading The Queen of the Lake is 90

Coca Cola Cake, Ice Cream, and Sweet Tea

I celebrated a particularly special birthday this week. It was my calendar-year birthday. I was born in 1958 and this year I turned 58. I don’t know if there is such a thing as a special calendar-year birthday; I’ve never heard of it. But it seems very special to me. And so on this calendar-year birthday I asked my husband to take me to Cracker … Continue reading Coca Cola Cake, Ice Cream, and Sweet Tea

A Special Birthday Rainbow

Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow’s hand in giving … Continue reading A Special Birthday Rainbow