Walking down the canned goods aisle at the grocery store this week, one of the Bench Sitters overhead two young mothers visiting (at a social distance of course) and picked up on a few thoughts that would not occur to most of us who are well into our “Social Security years.”

One said she used to look forward to the end of the school year when the kids could be at home all day . . . but is starting to get over that feeling.

The other said she and her husband have decided they were going to send flowers and a thank–you note to each of the teachers who they hope will have their children in class next fall (assuming the schools do re–open).

They talked about how the pandemic has disrupted their lives and were complaining they couldn’t always find the brands of cleaning supplies they liked.

As the conversation continued the old guy pretended to be picking out a can of beans while he heard a growing list of worries these two young women had.

And he was thinking about what they might learn from older people regarding difficulties of life in past years.

Time seems to dim a lot of memories and thankfully most of us try to forget the bad things in life and dwell on the brighter moments.

But some of us recall (as children) the last years of the Great Depression when a productive garden and skills in canning were vital to survive next winter.

Many can remember parents talking about the uncertain future when World War II broke out and this country was fighting in Europe and the Pacific at the same time. It was not certain the U.S. mainland would not be invaded.

They remember their parents having to use ration stamps to buy a lot of necessities and even gasoline.

A lot of people wearing white hair now were being taught how to get under their desks at school in case of a nuclear attack during the years of the Cold War.

They later watched the country being torn apart over issues about the war in Vietnam when the ugliness of war invaded homes with bloody scenes of the conflict on television evening news.

But the Bench Sitter didn’t say anything. He knew these difficult times would pass and there would be new challenges to come.

Meanwhile, back down on the Main Drag, this week we learned that when it rains there are usually two groups of ranchers who have a reaction.

There are the ones who welcome the moisture and hope for more.

And the others who have just cut hay.

There was a “camper parade” coming down the mountain Sunday as a lot of folks headed back home after the Fourth of July holiday.

Weekend rain showers were welcomed by people who worried about fires getting started in the area.

And finally this week we wanted to mention the passing of Betty Nicholas who a few here might remember. She was married to Dr. Tom Nicholas who worked with Dr. John Knebel providing health care in Buffalo many years ago.

Those who knew Betty remember a wonderful lady who seemed to always be smiling and seeing the best side of life.

Her family was not able to have a traditional funeral but sent along a card asking friends to remember she had a life filled with “laughter and love.”

The card speaks a lot about Betty, and we couldn’t help but wonder if she might not have made a few suggestions before she died.

Among the things her family asked friends to do in her memory –

– Plant some flowers

– Volunteer or visit a shut-in

– Take a newcomer to lunch

– Help a widow or read to a child

– Take time to play with grandchildren

– Engage a total stranger in conversation . . . and listen

– Love your family

– Make the world a better place through small things

As we are hammered daily by negative political messages, worry about the pandemic, the economy and more . . . that little notice about Betty brought a smile.

May she rest in peace.

That’s about all we have this week. Hugs to all from a proper distance, and let’s hope the last six months of 2020 has some better news for all.


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