In that is a memory …
It is one of the first songs I remember hearing on the radio … by Roy Acuff on the Grand Ole Opry “from the Ryman Auditorium up there in Nashville.”
Which shoves a long-ago great-uncle of mine, William Terry Smith, into my thoughts.
Family legend is “Uncle Terry” never lost a fiddling convention, could do that “hoe-down stuff” with anybody.
But on a Saturday afternoon, on his front porch with several of his kids accompanying, he would turn his “country” fiddle into a violin … slow, dreamy stuff that I still hear in my quiet moments.
He was also the best around at pitching horseshoes and I’m told that in cow pasture baseball, he had a curve that was un-hittable.
Maybe I’ve told you all of that before, but not today, anyway … so with due (or undue) credit, I can’t be charged with self-plagiarizing, huh?
Here lies Ezekial Aikle
Only The Good Die Young
Alabama will defeat Texas A&M (after whomping Virginia Tech in its opener), go undefeated, and beat Ohio State in the 2014 National Championship Game.
You think Nick Saban versus Urban Myer won’t sell a few tickets and burn out a few TV tubes?
Stay tuned … and I’m ready for September right now.
Her name is Anna Laurie Cotton and, in case you missed it, she was listed on the Donoho School President’s List … all A’s for the first semester. That she is also blooming into a drop-dead beauty doesn’t hurt anything either.
And there is an early memory of her as a performer at the age of four, maybe five.
One night, at a family gathering, she cranked up the stereo and did a bit of singing and dancing for us. Once finished, she “passed the hat.” If you didn’t drop something green in the bucket, you got a look of utter disdain.
When I’m reminded she is now in the ninth grade, I wonder where the years went.
The list from Donoho had 14 kids from years nine-12 on the all-A list. That’s impressive. There are lots of bright kids, good kids, out there. We just don’t hear about them …not nearly enough.
Those are his words, not mine.
‘Course, I didn’t have to report that, did I?
“He’s the best in all of football.”
What’s wrong with:
“He’s the best in football.”
“He’s 90 years young.”
From the day you’re born you’re getting older … and that’s a bullet you can’t dodge.
Both run me up the wall.
Valentine’s Day is Thursday.
Thanks for visiting …
George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org