BILLY MCCORD: As I see it

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Someone asked me a very touchy question. “How are your tomatoes doing?”
I wish I could have said, “Each tomato I pick and slice hangs off every side of a slice of bread.”
Rather I said, “Fine. The plants are nice and green and each tomato I pick is a least as big as tennis ball.”
I have talked to a number of farmers who grow vegetables and they said that this was just a bad year to try to grow vegetables.
A young man told me recently that “time just flies by.”
I replied, “Yes and the older you get the quicker it goes by.”
His reply was, “I have had older men tell me that before.”
I had nothing else to say. Time slipping by reminds me of the song Willie Nelson recorded, “Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away.” While having lunch at church Sunday, one of the older men said when he was a kid the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas seemed like years.
It seems like no time ago the students were being dismissed for summer vacation.
This week, the big yellow buses will run, the schools will open their doors and students will come in for a full school day. Time has it’s way of slipping away.
Our granddaughter, mentioned ever so frequently in this column, will not be going to Bruce High School when it opens this Thursday. Rather on Sunday, August 11, she will report to Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Mississippi, as a college freshman.
Ain’t it funny how time slips away?
The subject has gotten personal now. Am I ready for this time in her or my life? The answer is a positive “no.” But at the same time I would not want her to be starting all over. Time has to move on and she will have major adjustments to make and her grandmother and I will have major, major adjustments to make. She has been a big part of us for eighteen-plus years.
I encourage parents and grandparents to support students as they pursue their education. The education they receive will depend not only what happens at school but what happens at home and the community. In our world today, a person needs a good education to prevent living in poverty. It is almost impossible to get a young person to understand this but the level of education they receive will decide how comfortable they will be in their later years.
I hear politicians constantly say we need better paying jobs, adequate housing and better lifestyles for our citizens. However, in Mississippi it has been years since the legislature has funded the Adequate Education Law which the legislature themselves passed. If we are serious about better paying jobs and adequate housing then the first place to look is education.
My best wishes to teachers, students and those connected with schools for a good and safe school year.
My best wishes to Rebecca LeighAnne McCord.

Billy McCord is a retired school administrator and an Elder in the United Methodist Church. He is Pastor of Shady Grove UM Church in Calhoun County and is President of the Calhoun County School Board. Contact him at P.O. Box 337, Bruce, MS 38915 or billymc@brucetelephone.com.

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