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February 3, 2014

Reflections on I Love You!

How hard is it for you to say those three little words – I love you? And if you do say them, what do you mean by them. Who do you say them to?

My friend, Judy, suggested I write a column on saying “I love you.” It seems that many folks really have a hard time saying that to someone – even to a family member.

Years ago, 1960 to be exact, when I was a senior here at Mineral Wells High School, I was dating a helicopter pilot trainee named Jake who was from Iowa.  He was a very sweet man. He went to church and was a friend of my parents. He had taught a year before he enlisted in the Army, and his parents were also teachers.

His two best friends here were named Dean and Don. Dean was from Kansas, and Don was from Virginia, and at one point Jake drove Dean and Don back to Iowa to see where he lived and to meet his parents. Jake had not been home in over a year.

Don, the southerner, was horrified during the trip, and when he returned he related this story.

They drove straight through from Mineral Wells to Ames, Iowa, and arrived just in time for breakfast.  Jake led his friends into his parents’ kitchen where his mother promptly turned and asked them what they wanted for breakfast. She never said “Hello” or “Good to see you,”or any of those phrases a parent might say to a child who had been absent for a while.

The men were in Ames for about four days, and Don related to me that he never saw any affection whatsoever – no hugs, no kisses, and no “I love you.”  Being a southerner, he was absolutely stunned, and, when he finished his story, I was quite sad and dismayed.

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    Now, there are a lot of interesting people in the world - both famous and not; I have met a few of each.

    April 14, 2014

  • Reflections on God's Name

    I suppose that by now you know that I have many pet peeves!

    April 7, 2014

  • Seibert, Sue 2011.jpg Reflections on life

    Well, thankfully the plumber is here today (Monday) after a weekend without the back toilet, washing machine and shower. The plumber, Norman’s, would have come sooner, but we had too much to do to be here when he came, and we didn’t want to ask him on Sunday. That’s God’s day!

    March 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • reflections on My DNA

    I have been a member of ancestry.com since its inception - even before, as I was one of the first to participate in rootsweb.com which was subsequently pirated by a few not-so-good people and turned into Ancestry. Ah, but that is another story.

    March 24, 2014

  • Reflections on the Woman's Club of Mineral Wells

    Ok, ok, I know some of you fellows were rather amused by my column a while back - the one telling you not to read. Well, while this column is about women, I hope you will read it and be encouraged by it to assist in the preservation of one of the few grand old ladies left in our town.

    March 16, 2014

  • Reflections About Town

    While, as many of you know, I have been pretty skeptical about the revitalization of the Baker Hotel, I do believe it looks pretty good for its going forward.

    March 3, 2014

  • Reflections on Devotionals

    A couple of weeks ago I told you about my blogger friend, Annie Jefferies, who visited us, with her husband, Don, on their way to mission work in Missouri where they are now assisting in a tiny community.

    February 17, 2014

  • Reflections on I Love You!

    How hard is it for you to say those three little words – I love you?

    February 3, 2014

  • Reflections on Blogging and Friends

    How many of you blog? I was asked the other day how many people here in Mineral Wells blog, and I really didn't know the answer to that.

    January 27, 2014

  • Reflections on Retirement 10 Years In

    Someone who is recently retired said to me, “I am so busy. I just don’t understand. We are retired, and we’re working harder now than we ever did before.”

    January 20, 2014

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