Happy New Year 2009

I woke up this morning with a good feeling about this new year God has given us.  Just got my feet on the floor, when the phone rang . My sister was calling and as I looked at her name on the identifier,  I remembered how mad I was at her last evening at Wal-Mart.  She will be eighty on January 8th.   Sometimes she seems to think I am only about ten years old and must look to her. Actually I’m only four years younger than she is.

I sat there for a moment and then picked up the phone.  She already seemed to have forgotten that I was supposed to be mad at her, and she said cheerfully, “How are you feeling this morning?” For just a minute, I started to say “I’m still mad at you” and then I thought for another minute  “OH! NO!  I’m not starting my new year off this way!”  So, I just said “O.K.”  We talked for a little while and what do you know? The bad feelings subsided and we  were sisters again, who really love each other with all our hearts.

That’s the way it should be for all people and then maybe we would have peace in this world!  Do you realize there are sister’s and brother’s who have gotten mad at each over some little something and haven’t spoken for years. How Sad!  Listen ! There was seven girls and five boys in our family, and did we fight? Absolutely!  Like cats and Dogs sometimes. But there was so much love between us, that by bedtime we couldn’t remember anything about it.

In this New Year I’m going try to ‘ Live the way God wants me to live, I’m going to give, until there’s no more to give, I’ m going to Love,  love, ’til there’s just no more love, I could never out-love the Lord’,  as the Gaithers wrote in one of their songs.

That’s going to be my only resolution this year!  No use to say I’m going to lose weight. That just too laughable . I haven’t been doing that but just since Kevin (MY PRECIOUS SON) was born 43 yrs. ago.  See, you’re laughing already.  I lied about the gray hair too!  My hair is now light ash brown with blond highlights. Looks pretty nifty too, for a 75 1/2  year old woman. I started lining my eyes again. I will continue until my hands start shaking and I can’t hit them! I feel so much better about myself already that I’ve actually got a skip in my step!

To get a little more on a serious side, I want to quote an author that I read in the Kings Mountain Herald this morning. He Claims he is resigning as an adult; “I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of a 5-year-old again. I want to go to McDonalds’ and think that it is a four-star restaurant. I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make ripples in a pond with rocks. I want to think M&M’s are better than money because you can eat them. I want to lie under a big oak tree and watch the ants march up it’s trunk. I want to go fishing and care more about catching minnows along the shore than the big bass in the lake”.

After the chaos of last year, the ugliness of a campaign, a sister being gravely ill, another friend dying from C.O.P.D., a devastating economy… I could go on and on. But be honest. Wouldn’t you sometimes just like to go back to what used to be when you were small?  But  we can have Hope and Faith that this New Year is going to be all we think it can be.

God Is Still In Heaven and He (Regardless of what you might want to think) is in complete Control. Keep Looking Up!

About Peggy

Peggy Chaney was best known as cook and co-owner of Peggy's Restaurant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina (which she and her sister, Loretta, ran for over two decades). You can find her pages on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. One of eleven siblings, she was the daughter of a Baptist preacher, and was well remembered for her kind spirit and regard for others. Her genuine warmth and grace is sorely missed.

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