I watched as my grandson sat on the dock next to my sister's grandson. Despite the three-year age difference, the two have an underlying bond called family. My nephew's son, Jacob, is the older of the two. He was trying his luck fishing off the dock and had even put his own bait on the hook. He was intent on catching a fish. My grandson, Tristyn, was just as determined. He had his own little pole, an exact match to Jacob's, only with no hook -- just a rather large plastic fish attached.
People search long and hard for satisfaction. They look for satisfaction in themselves, their homes, their jobs and their life in general. For some it is a struggle to be satisfied with what we have been given but it is possible for everyone to find satisfaction. First off, we must believe that by practice day in and day out, our will can accept any circumstance in life. We can be satisfied with anything life has given us.
I rarely consider myself as a person who can't find something to say, especially in print. I can usually muster up a column or put together a story from an interview without a problem. However, set me face to face with a person, ask me for an introduction and my mind goes blank and my tongue ties in knots. I have had this happen on several occasions. You run into someone you know, carry on a conversation and suddenly are faced with having to introduce them to the people you are with.
I am beginning to wonder if we are going to jump from winter directly into summer. It is officially spring but the weekly winter storms haven't gotten the message yet. Hopefully last week marked the end of our snow and beginning of a warm up. I have a lot of projects waiting to be completed this spring. Things that I put off last year or came up with over the winter. I also have big plans for my gardens and would love to put in some new garden areas.
I would like to extend an invitation to area students and parents to do exactly what they have been asked to do -- check out all schools in the area as they make the decision of where their child will not only learn, but grow socially, athletically and artistically. There are a vast array of opportunities at the schools in our county and not all of them are limited to the larger size or enrollment numbers. Through open enrollment, these opportunities have opened up. In some cases, a student may choose to attend another school simply because it is close or more convenient for the family.
There are a lot of new terms out there when it comes to computer language. In reality many of these terms aren't new but rather have new meaning applied to them.
With all the basketball madness taking place in the area, we nearly missed a very important day of recognition. March 21 was National Agriculture Day. A special day to salute agri-businesses and the dedication of area farmers. Farming was once the chief way of life in nearly every country. People cannot live without food, and nearly all their food comes from crops and animals raised on farms. Many other materials such as cotton, leather goods, plastics and several types of fabrics also come from plants and animals raised on farms.
If you have been anywhere near a Hancock girl's basketball fan in the last few weeks, you can probably feel the excitement. Literally! Standing within a few feet of one of these individuals, especially during a game, you were probably either high fived, hugged, kissed, lifted off your feet or suffered a minor hearing loss due to screams of joy. The excitement in our small town has gone up several levels and is spreading. Having lived here all my life I may be prejudiced, but I am pretty proud of the accomplishments of Hancock and any small town in the area.
Editor's note -- Katie Erdman was unable to write this week. The following is a reprint of a previous 'Talking It Over' column. About 14 years ago when I first started working as the editor of the Hancock Record I encountered a young person that made a big impression on me. I had been at school taking pictures when a young man boldly walked up to me. I knew who he was but at that age most young boys don't just come up and talk to you. I soon learned the reason for this boldness. He said to me, "my name is spelled C-o-r-y M-a-r-q-u-a-r-t.
The anticipation is almost as bad -- or good -- as the event. Waiting for a storm that is predicted for nearly a week is worse than actually enduring one when it arrives. You have no idea how bad it will be, when it will come or where you will be when it does arrive. I like to think that I can take predictions and know that they may or may not come true.