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Well, the first thing on my mind is sorrow for the boy who died at the offsets on the 4th. The second is remembering back to when I was a kid and Fredericktown was a boom-town, underlaid with mine shafts and populated by many miners and their families.

A lot of my peers had dads who were miners and I remember the unwritten law of the miners that they drilled into their kids, which was to stay away from the offsets. I'll bet some of you remember that too. No doubt there were some who ventured to give it a try, but I never did, not would I ever.

My air conditioner was out for a few days, and that sent me on another trip to the past, back to the nights of sitting outside, listening to the crickets and waiting for the house to cool off so we could sleep better.

Daddy was a story-teller and we enjoyed every minute of those nights under the stars. Having A/C and electric fans is a wonderful thing, but nothing can compare to the good feeling of gentle night breezes wafting through the window screens. Didn't we lose something precious when we started having to keep the windows closed and locked and did away with the screen doors? Was I ever afraid at night back then? No, my Daddy was there and I knew he would always keep us safe.

I believe good earthly fathers, are a prelude for us to love and trust our Heavenly Father, who is able to keep us safe in His care forever and ever. And for those who have had to make it without having a good earthly father, more the reason to look to God, Creator and the true Father of all, for He will never leave you or forget you, and no matter how good our parents were (or were not) they have no power to save us eternally. This relationship with God will only happen if you want it to and now is the time to choose. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, or even the next hour?

Remember the Madison County Singing which is coming up July 28, hosted by Brother Carl and The Church of God of Prophecy, located on the corner of Franklin and High Streets. Singing begins at 6 p.m. Mark your calendar now on the 4th Saturday of July.

Jennie is a long-time resident of Fredericktown, an eclectic gatherer of stories, information, and experiences to share with whoever would like to read them. She can be reached at 573-783-6721 or by mail at 2040 Hwy 00; Fredericktown, MO 63645.

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