Out and About – Week of April 9th

Every April we have a rendezvous with destiny. This rendezvous involves the taxman. Oops, I’m sorry, the “Tax Person”. Some have already filed returns for 2017, and some have even received money back, if they managed their finances properly. If you owe the IRS, you have until April 17, because the fifteenth falls on a Sunday. I wish you all the best. If I would have owed money, I was giving serious thought about not filing at all. Should the IRS come after me, I was going to say, “I guess I just forgot to file. I’m old and my memory is not as good as it used to be.” It probably wouldn’t have worked.

Some time ago I mentioned the Three Rivers Food Site and the free meals served at the Community Kitchen. I mentioned this because of the flood situation that affected so many here in the Three Rivers area. I’ve been asked by several people to mention the days and hours of these two events again. Here’s that information:

The Community Kitchen at Trinity Church, 321 North Main Street

in Three Rivers, serves FREE meals every Tuesday and Thursday

from 4 PM till 5:30 PM. Donations, of course, are graciously accepted.

The Three Rivers Food Site, 18 Railroad Drive in Three Rivers, is also

open every Tuesday and Thursday. Their hours are from 9 AM until noon.

Spring Break is now over. If you traveled over this special time, I hope your travels were safe and fun and you returned home refreshed. I doubt seriously we’ll have any more snow days this year, so all students will be able to concentrate on their studies while counting the days until summer break. If you happen to discuss any of this with senior citizens, you’ll be reminded that back in the day, there weren’t any snow days and we all walked ten miles to school and it was uphill both ways. Oh yes, before we left for school, most of us got up early enough to milk fifty cows, clean the hog barn and, of course, gather the eggs from two hundred chickens.

Here are the final words of advice that might be worth passing on to those younger than you:

Eat lunch with the new kid at school, or the new employee at work.
After writing an angry e-mail, read it carefully, then delete it.
Ask your mom to play a game with you. She might not let you win.
Manners make the man.
Give credit. Take the blame.
Stand up to bullies and protect those being bullied.
Write down your dreams.
Always protect your siblings and teammates.
Be confident and humble at the same time.
Call and visit your parents often. They miss you.
The healthiest relationships are those where you’re a team; where you respect, protect, and stand up for each other.
When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart, then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, “It’s alright”? It isn’t alright, so why don’t we say, “That hurt, you stupid idiot”!

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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