In July 18 IssueRussell County NewsBy Debbie Bell, Columnist
I have been so busy this past week that I cannot think straight and this week promises to be no different. I spent all of last week attending the Adair County Fair and I'm exhausted. County fairs are wonderful for communities and a lot of hard work and organization go into putting it all together. When I was younger I loved the various rides and hanging out with all my friends. But now that I'm old and antiquated, I just wanted it to be over. Sitting in the hot sun and being shoved around by the masses of children and teenagers didn't do much for me. And even though I am in the minority, I just don't get cars and lawnmowers banging into each other. All I could think about was what a waste of good riding lawn mower and what I wouldn't give to have one. (Editorial note: I'm sure Wade feels the same). Another thing I hate at the fairs are the beauty contests, especially the ones for children. An adult can make their own choice to enter but a child is just having to live out their parents dreams. I call it the “Jon Benet” syndrome. When I see these little girls in their fancy, costly dresses and their Tammy Fay makeup being paraded across the stage like cattle, I want to scream. My daughter always enters my grandson in these contests every chance she gets. She promised me that once he won something (win, place or show) she would stop, but she hasn't. She'll call and say, “Mom are you coming?”
I would give a resounding, “No”. Most of the time the winner is chosen by how much money one has, their last name, and their standing in the community. Who can decide the true beauty of a child? We all think our children and grandchildren are the smartest, the prettiest, the most special and thats how it should be. Let kids be children for as long as they can, playing outside, carefree, with a cookie smothered all over their faces. They'll have to deal with the “real world” when they're older.
I had to go to the fair because my best friend was the emcee of the Adair County “Idol” and my son was a participant in it. Although I did not like the competition part of it was deeply moved and astounded at the talent I saw in each of the young adults. They all brought something very unique to their performances. There is an abundance of talent in our small town community, across our county, and I truly believe that any of these contestants could have a recording career were they in the right place at the right time. My son did not win but he then went on to enter in the Coca-Cola Talent Contest where he sang a Michael Jackson song and took 3rd place. I was very proud of him. What I enjoyed te most about the fair was sitting and watching the Jaycees and other organizers who made the fair possible for the community. My hat is off to them. They really busted their butts. They volunteer their time, hard work, and dedication to give back to their community. They are helpful, cordial, and deserve much thanks and appreciation.
This week I'm busy trying to get the Star cleaned and ready for our upcoming 15th Anniversary Show, on July 18th & 19th. Kyle Hadley has put together a fabulous variety show, showcasing singers from Russell, Adair, Casey, and Pulaski County. The Dance Shoppe under the tutelage of Marti Sallee will perform several routines. Zach Grider and the cast of “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be performing that spectacular show stealing number, “Suppertime”. There will be three updated Carol Burnett skits. We did all these before but we are putting a new and different spin on them. I'm directing “The Coffee Commercial” which stars Lorie Holder and myself as old friends who haven't seen each other for a long time. When we meet for coffee trouble and hilarity ensue. I'm also directing, “Went with the Breeze”, the Carol Burnett take off on 'Gone With the Wind”, which stars Lea Turner as “Scarlet O'Fever”, Wendell McGowan as “Rat Butler” and Kyle Hadley as “Uncle Ben”. Kyle is directing, “The Old Folks are at it Again”. It stars Wendell McGowan and Lorie Holder as man and wife. The fun begins when a third wheel drops in for an unexpected visit, played to the hilt by Lea Turner.
There promises to be a lot of laughs and wonderful entertainment so come on out Saturday, July 18th or Sunday, July 19th and catch a great show.
On a sad note, I lost a beloved family friend on Friday, my cat Hoopie. I had him for several years and he was old when I hot him. Hoopie was one of a kind. He was massive and had to have weighed at least 35 pounds. He only had three teeth, but when he got mad at you, he would lower his head and charge like a bull. Then he would latch those three teeth into you and it would hurt like all get out. He slept on top of my head every night. He would take those huge paws and massage or knead my head.
In the last month or so he started to go downhill fast. He wouldn't eat, became lifeless, and would just lay in the same spot in the kitchen. During the last week of his life he was basically comatose and wouldn't open his eyes. I don't believe he was in any pain because when I would reach down and rub his head I could still hear a faint purr. On Friday, my husband finally took the decision out of my hands and had him put down. I hated it but I knew it was the only thing humane to do. When I got home Friday night I say down and had myself a good cry and thought about all of our playful times we had together. I don't know if I should have pets I get way too attached to them.
I'm having trouble with my relay again, I guess. It ran wonderfully for about two weeks after I put a new relay on my car. I've been trying to think like a man, but I'm not very good at that. So, Willy and Wade, maybe you can tell me whats going on. Could there be something shorting these relays out, or might it be a bigger problem?
Lastly, my son pulled up Topix on his computer and let me read all the comments people post about my column. I enjoyed them all,. Be they negative or positive. The one I like best was the person who commented that they didn't exactly get the name of my column. They thought that instead of “Debbie Does Discourse” it should be “Debbie Does Dallas”. Thank you, that was one of the greatest classic movies of all time and I don't understand whit it wasn't nominated for several Oscars, at least for special effects or something!
Till next time-