Having been born and raised in Calhoun County, I should be prepared to see about anything. I have seen both black and brown large cats (not house cats), timber wolves and recently a single bald eagle.
As I was making my way from Bruce to Shady Grove for our 9 a.m. service, I was stopped on the road by a duck making its way gracefully across. Yes, I know it had been duck weather but this was a very pretty duck, in no hurry and not afraid. I stopped and let it complete its march across the highway. On Highway 331 I was stopped by two large black cows. I lowered the glass on my door and spoke to the one of the cows. She simply stood there and nodded her head like she was saying, “Good morning.” I used my cell phone to get help removing the cows from the road. It was a beautiful morning so what the heck? All was well.
Going a little further up highway 331, I passed the Jenkins’ Cemetery and decided to visit it again when the ground dries out and it is colder weather, which tends to put snakes out of the weather. The cemetery has a lot of graves where children are buried who died by what I am told was Yellow Fever. The cemetery holds the remains of relatives of country-and-western singer Conway Twitty. I met Conway at his resort on Moon Lake many years ago and he and I talked about the Jenkins’ Cemetery. He did not know a great deal about his family history but was very interested in the cemetery. The last time I visited the Jenkins’ Cemetery, I was with my wife and mother. Mother had on a bright red blouse that day a suddenly we heard what sounded like a bull. My mother was as afraid of a bull as she was a “mad dog” and I told her they only chased people dressed in red. She quickly told me that if the bull started our way she would no longer have on a red blouse.
I got the message. Bulls, by the way are color blind, but I could not have convinced her of that.
While visiting Monterrey, Mexico with a group of Spanish students I got a first-hand look at a bull fight. It was the most unsportsmanlike like event I have ever seen. The matador had arrows that he began to stick into the bull when he could get close enough, each arrow slowing the bull down. The bull got a good hit at the matador and our group stood and applauded. The crowd around us got very angry and we were told by our guide that you never applauded the bull, only the matador. Judging from the looks of the Mexicans, we understood. The matador finally killed the bull, cut off the ear and presented to his wife or girlfriend. I thought, “What a heartwarming gift to be sure.”
I am told that Spanish bullfights are much different.
I close this week by printing the responses of a few children who were asked to explain what they knew about angels.
Just remember, “Kids say the darndest things.”
• I only know the names of two angels, Hark and Harold.
Greg, age 5.
• Everybody’s got it all wrong. Angels don’t wear halos anymore. I forget why, but scientists are working on it.
• It’s not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then you go to Heaven, and then there’s still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes.
Matthew, age 9
• Angels work for God and watch over kids when God as to go do something else. Mitchell, age 7
• My guardian angel helps me with math, but he’s not much good for science.
Henry, age 8
• Angels don’t eat, but they drink milk from Holy Cows!!!
Jack, age 6
• Angels talk all the way while they’re flying you up to heaven. The main subject is where you went wrong before you got dead.
Daniel, age 9
• When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath again, somewhere there’s a tornado.
Reagan, age 10
• Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your window and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it gets cold, angels go south for the winter.
Sara, age 6
• Angels live in cloud houses made by God and His son, who’s a very good carpenter.
Jared, age 8
As always, thank you for reading this column. I do enjoy your comments and appreciate each and every reader I have.
Billy McCord is a retired school administrator from DeSoto County and a United Methodist minister. He is Pastor of Shady Grove UM Church in Calhoun County and represents District three on the County School Board. Presently he is President of the Calhoun County School Board. Contact him at P.O. Box 337, Bruce, MS or firstname.lastname@example.org.