Voice of the people
May we never take life for granted
In 2008, The Herald-Dispatch ran my guest column regarding my 45th 1963 Huntington East High School reunion.
Many topics were mentioned, not the least of which was my idealistic view of life. As a young 19-year-old bride on March 20, 1964, I viewed life as being "fair." This was just after JFK's untimely demise. My first experience of life's unfairness was on that fateful November day. But I was engaged to the husband of my youth, as many of my friends were at that time.
Elvis and the Beatles hysteria, Ricky's Nelson's "perfect family" were the rage. "Puppy Love" and "Put Your Head on my Shoulder" were a romantic girl's dream songs.
The column's theme was, "Life sure has changed for the class of 1963." Six years later, the theme remains the same, only intensified.
Wars and rumors of wars and natural disasters continue. Terrorism is in the daily news, what with planes disappearing from the skies, and politics.
As I look back at the years, I ask myself many questions regarding the validity of my life. I have made some mistakes, and I have made many good decisions. I choose to look at the good and try to forgive myself for the wrong choices. We have all made both. I trust that at the end of my life it has been worthwhile to some people who value the contributions that I have tried to make.
My column ended with, "Carpe Diem." That thought remains true in my life. I value each day that God allows me to live, breathe and make an impact on someone's life.
God bless our beloved country and those of us who remain free in this wonderful land called America! We are blessed above measure. May we never take these God-given privileges for granted.
Barbara Lynn Spurlock
FCA important to Christian athletes
Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Milton Middle School is important to me because it reminds me God is everywhere. Nowadays, you can't share the gospel in public without causing an uprising.
But FCA changes that. My youth pastor at Milton Baptist teaches, and another one from close by helps. We learn that God is everywhere.
I'm surprised and glad the school allows them to. That's why FCA is important to me.
Milton Middle School
Scout Troop 36
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