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Page 6A - The,MalakoffNews II II F~day, June 10,2011 "' It was January 5, 1952, ~ I reported to work at Fire t . Station Number 1 in + Houston, Texas. I was a raw, green recruit and scared to death. The class I was in had been split into two groups; one group wen, to the Train- ing Tower and the other + group went straight to a "' fire station. That was the group I was in. I knew nothing about fire fighting but Was eager to learn. " As I thought about what i ,+ t love, I was not a very ' good father to my chil- "w' dren. 1 kept food on the table and clothes on their 1 could write about my 22 years as a firefighter, I said if I wrote two pages tbr every year, it would take up 44 pages. I didng like that idea, so I thought, one page per year, too dull. So, I will write about important things. 'My first 18 years in the fire department, I was lost in sin. I neither cared nor wanted to know or hear anything about Jesus Christ, therefore that part of my life meant little or nothing. I didn't know how to love, and our mar- riage was very unstable. Not knowing how to truly "'r Ck3ytoR two days cutting the desks Let me tell you about 'BUddy' out. I put my helper to as- the trip back home. We sembling drawers, while I all, that was Lulu, Cheryl, HazJ ll put the pedestals and tops Barbara, Billy, and my- together. This assembly self, ~(ere exhausted. took two weeks, and the About a hour after we and Talesnext week the f'mal sand- started home, no one had ing and staining took spoken a word until Lulu preach and was called to place and after everything broke the silence, "Well pastor my first church. I dried the finish work took Buddy what do you then asked for and was place, and hardwar~ was think?" I answered with transferred to the main'e- installed. Then 25 more, this statement, "When we nance division as a car- 25 more, etc. get home you had better penter. This was a five- Then came the depart- start packing." "Do you day a week job with Sat- merit bead's desk. As each think they are going to urday and Sunday off. of these were different, call you?" "Yes, they are The city had built a City the work on them went going to call me," I said. Hall annex about this time more slowly. Because of "How do you know that," and one oftheir cost cut- the challenge, I enjoyed Lulu asked. "I just know, ting ideas was to have the these nine desks much and we are moving to fire department mainte- more than the first group. Malakoff." nance shop to build the But suddenly something A week later the church new desks. The depart- happened which changed called me and said that men, heads were allowed my life forever, they voted to call me as to choose any style desk Just before Easter of pastor. I went to work the they wanted, and the other 1973 1 received a phone next day and submitted employees all had the call from a deacon in my resignation effective same type and style of Parkview Baptist Church June 1, 1973. We drove desk. We had to build nine in Malakoff. He was a back and foi~h from then department head desks, member of their pulpit . until June, with me taking and each one was differ- committee, and wanted to off every Monday. ent. Before we could start know ifI would come to It is now March 21, on them, we had to build Malakoff and preach in 2010, and 1 am pasturing 100 desks all alike for the view of a call. Malakoff? Parkview Baptist Church, rank and file employees. I thought, that has to be in once again. I don't preach I was given the job of Russia. I started to tell as hard as I used to, and building these 100 desks, him that God hadn't called my energy level is not as My supervisor gave me me to be a foreign mis- high as it once was, and one helper, and told me to sionary; however, I asked this seems to be affecting get him a drawing of what him where Malakoff was my ability to pastor the we were going to build located. After he told me way I once did. backs, but left out many and get'it on his desk in where Malakoffwas, I re- I loved my firefighting ;' other aspects of a true fa- two days. I sat down at sponded with an'excit days, my school teaching ther. Because of this, I our drafting table (there "Yes! ,,+~+_en do you want days, my days in mR,rite- close this part of my'life, was no such thing asme?" 'How about Easter n ance, and jobs as a car- ' After about 12 yea!-s inn ~0.~il~.~ d~+ .~F~, and ~,:i Su +n~y," he replied. "!+ 1~ B~: most,qf ~ I the d ep~+ ent, 1 was pr~ .~t~.roi/gh ~h. I +:'++ witl;bethere," I said:. ''''+~ k)V~7~l}l'~y ~ ~~)! meted to the rank of ' didn't get the working I took offwork the pastor. On Oct. 13, 2010, I ' Chauffeur. Alter I retired, drawing done in two days, Monday after Easter be- will be 80 years old this job title was changed but did get it done in three cause 1 thought I would (ouch). How much longer +' to hydraulic engineer, days. be tired after the trip to can I go, only our God, J Sounds fancy doesn't it?. ! One hundred desks was Malakoff. It was a good the Father of our Lord , " was able to stay at the + a monumental task for thing, because I was worn Jesus Christ knows. In same station driving the two people, but we took Out both physically and closing, I will say as John pumper. I was on this job on just 25 at a time. I emotionally wlien we got said, "Even so, come Lord until I surrendered to spent the better part of back home. Jesus." ?: % i 'r . t Two women in the family have worked with the elderly and enjoyed it. Another has difficulty even hugging me. We use those European air motions. Sometime I jump up and down. I don't know if anyone (yes, one) would rub my feet if I asked. 1 don't enjoy shaking hands anymore because of the germ theories. I'd rather lightly hug. And I'm get- ting to a point. A few weeks ago, I went to a rummage sale, wanted $15 in items but had f16 eh ekM61 money. A friend, at the cashbox, said not to worry. She wrote an IOU, signed my name, and the next time at a meeting I told her I had the money. "What money?" She said. She didn't write me a note. Well, maybe she did- n't, but the treasurer of the affair did not know of what I spoke either. "Just put the money in the till," she said. I did, explained why to someone, and went on. Later the first friend said she now remembered the IOU and was embar, rassed to have forgotten. "Don't worry," I said, "look whom you are talking to, the master of Emily kundy of Emily mubbleygook, and be- sides three people said they didn't remember the rummage sale at all. We all have to stay together in a group; then we'll feel better about our- selves, and no one will look at us with concern or pity." AS ! left, i heard the friend mum- ble, "Why is this time called the Golden Age?" Since presently the people who are my peers live in respective homes wondering "for how " long," we must inter- change with the younger like the working groups, grown children, neigh- bors, and so forth. With a little cooperation, my life could be so much better. " Numbers. I have a phone prefix of 778. But my banking account has a 788 in it, and a compa- ny responsible for the TV, phone, and Internet has a prefix of 788. This is confusing. Many of our acquain- tances have eliminated land phones and gone with cell phones, one for each family member. As soon as I have some memorized, the cell- phone user changes companies. There is no list of ceil phone num- bers anywhere I think the message is clear: "You don't call us. We'll call you." Marketing phone calls. Lists of people with characteristics are sold for high dollars to com- panies who send junk mail or call. These lists are not accurate, are not always truthful, and are annoying. "Do we have surance? Is it tied to our retirement?" I don't have to answer that. "We have life insur- ance for you, and you can't be turned down." Not with three-bypass heart surgery, husband with diabetes and major back surgery? Just for fun. I applied once. The returning letter said "NO" in such a nice way and waste of paper. Why does a telemar- keter call late at night, a nice, normal personal voice to ask for my hus- band by first name, and scare us silly? I know the answer. It gets our attention. I awakened hubby, and he answered in fear. We have family in that area code. It was someone with a warranty program for a Pontiac we haven't had in a decade. Even if we did, we would not want what is usually a worthless extended warranty. If we have the rooney to buy an appliance, a machine, or somethingfor the I had a great column. house, there will be no Really I did. i even funds for extra war- wrote it early. The only ranties. Let us live dan- thing lacking was a few gerously, names I wanted to be Investment calls, sure about. So, I thought. Someone else knows I'll email it to myself, what we need to do to and therefore I can work urviv thi m riy-lt t- on it at the o ce. ting,bigger recession. I Then I went to my asked the caller, "Do you meeting in Dallas-I'll. personally think I should have to tell you about remortgage my home those meetings soon-tak- w.ith two years left'to ing my laptop with me. pay On it?" He said Then I forgot and left it. "No." Oh well, I said, I'!1 get it Callers who blurt out, next week, and I don't "Call this number imme- have to worry about my diately" and rattle off 10 column, because I numbers without any emailed it to myself and rhythm. I have nothing I can get it from any- to write with but an eye- body's computer. Now to brow pencil, and I only my profound sorrow, I remember the last two find I neglected to attach numbers. The caller is a the column, so all I have robot; there's not going is an empty letter. to be a repeat. It Was a lovely column My favorite caller is about my Saturday: all the one with a short about the tragedy of intro, then the whistle of Carl's dog Bingo, who a cruise liner blowing lay in something he shouldn't have, and See EMILY, Page 12A scalded his private parts, Not all columns end up in the right place Loretta Humble Around About and what a'$reat time we Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice folks had at the Baptist block party, and how, after that JoAnn Surls and I had a whirlwind afternoon and evening. We went to a super play at the Athens Little Theater (I know that is not its name any more, but I'm in a hurry), an art show in Palestine, where we saw wondert~l things in their great mu- seum' there, and then we had a wonderful dinner at Bud and Brenda Pogue's Bubba Jean's. You'll hear all about it again next week in much greater detail, because i'm not going to waste the effort I put into that column. But I did want you to know I tried.