Do you know how you can go days and days and days without getting any real information on people? Sometimes you find out things have happened to various people long after those events have happened to those people. You find out so late because, well, people just don’t keep others up-to-date on what’s happening in their world the way they used to.
Nowadays folks stay inside so much they rarely talk to their neighbors. When we do contact. it’s by social media. We post it on Facebook, assuming everybody within our social circle will check our Facebook page. We email. We text. But because of the limitations of these twenty-first century methods we seldom get the real story. That’s why I’m taking this space to bring you up-to-date on some happenings of which you may not be aware.
Frank was released from jail a couple of weeks ago. He’d been incarcerated for what Frank called a minor disagreement. Now, he’s out. He told his cousin Fred that he wasn’t going to let anybody push him around anymore. He said he was from Detroit and he was one mean fellow who could not be messed with anymore. But his other cousin Robert told Frank he was nuts. Robert told Frank that he hadn’t been in Detroit since he was twelve, that now he was from Georgia and if he wanted to stay out of jail he ought to quit acting like he was some tough guy from Detroit.
Poor of Frank. Maybe his cousins will be able to keep him on the straight and narrow.
Debra is pregnant. Again. The pregnancy isn’t as bad as the fact that the father is that no good Benjamin. Gracious, Benjamin doesn’t provide any support for the other child. No one in the family can understand why Debra keeps acting like Benjamin is so special. Everyone in the family knows he’s not.
Sam and Sarah found out their house is being foreclosed on. Turns out Sam’s mother decided that tough love was the better of the choices. She’s helped them out countless times before. But she’s not going to do it anymore. She told her niece Jennifer that she only had so much money, that she’d worked all her life and saved every penny she could so she could take some trips and see some places before she died. She’s decided to take her trips and stop paying Sam’s mortgage payments. Sam and Sarah have moved into a duplex Sarah’s daddy owns.
Pearl Jenkins had to have all her teeth pulled. It’s the result of some oral disease she’d been warned about. Jack Snyder broke his leg in three places when he jumped off an embankment in an effort to impress his new girlfriend.
Gracious, so many folks with so many difficulties. I learned about all these family tragedies as I sat in the surgical waiting room at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in Dalton, Georgia. My uncle was having a procedure done. I, having risen at the crack of dawn, sat in the seat, eyes closed, trying to doze contentedly. Unable to do so, still with eyes closed, I listened to the conversations around me.
When the lady came over and told me my uncle had been taken to a room and I could go see him I was relieved. I was relieved I didn’t have to pray for him anymore. While he was in surgery my prayer list got over-populated.