Joy and sorrow, joy and sorrow. That’s the roller coaster we ride in life.
Billie Nickles, father of a dear friend, and icon of Caddo, will be laid to rest this morning. It seems we have lost far too many good people lately. My thoughts and prayers will be with the family as I go through the motions of the day.
Preston and June Sampson will celebrate 70 years of marriage tomorrow. That’s an incredible number to even begin to think about. And they have such a sweet family. We used to live near one of their daughters.
Like most things that happen in Caddo, both events will affect nearly everyone in town. We even have ties to the Nickles family way back when, because Bill’s mother was a Felmet and my great-somebody was a Felmet and our mutual relative was a soldier in the Civil War. But in a small town it isn’t the ties by blood that bind people and cause them to share the joys and sorrows of life, it’s the daily interactions. We see each other and work side by side and go to the movies and ballgames and graduations. We kiss the new babies and hug the grieving widows and help the stranded neighbor. We hear from a friend of a friend that someone isn’t well or needs a place to live or has a puppy to give away. We bump into each other at the post office and chat about the week. And yes, we gather together on Facebook just like the rest of the world and keep in touch through technology. I love living in a small town. I love the people. I love sharing our lives…even when it means sharing sorrow.