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Campaigning and cow patties

I'm going to borrow a phrase from our sports columnist, Gene Walker. I remember Gene opening a column one time saying he was going to "bounce around like a ping pong ball." That pretty much describes my mind right now, so here we go:

Last week was a dark week in McDuffie County. The tragic loss of a small child and a sheriff's deputy and the injury of a local soldier in Afghanistan filled our hearts and minds with deep sorrow that no words can describe.

I can only imagine the accident that took the life of six-year-old Austin is causing tremendous grief to his family. My prayer is that they can find the peace and strength that only God can give at a time like this. The poignant stories that we've heard of Austin's special relationship with his brother make me wish that I had known him. It sounds like the two brought many smiles to all they came in contact with.

My heart also goes out to the family and colleagues of Deputy Jackson. While others experiencing the death of a loved one have time to stop and mourn, the emergency personnel must keep responding to calls throughout their shift. I'm sure some of those calls seem frivolous at such a time. But they remain dedicated to their profession and loyal to one another.

And, after my son's recent accident in which I wasn't able to be with him, I imagine PFC Wallace's family must feel completely hopeless being so far away from him at this time. I'm sure he is missing the comfort of their presence, also. My prayers and thoughts are with each family.

Also, it is Tuesday when I am writing this. So, it is election day. Ever since I have been legally old enough, I have exercised my privilege to vote. In my past, I have had some pretty heated discussions with peers who didn't shoulder the same responsibility. Today, I went to my poll at the Depot, where I overheard a conversation between two poll workers. Poll Worker One walked in the door, apparently from making a drink run for the rest of the workers. Worker Two asked her if she had seen any campaigning going on outside the poll. But PW One misunderstood the question, and thought she was asked if she'd seen any cow patties outside the poll.

I tried to bite my tongue, I really did. But my teeth just didn't listen. And I proceeded to wonder aloud if it all doesn't boil down to the same thing? Campaigning and cow patties, I have heard some pretty heavy shoveling going on from wanna-be politicians at times. To which PW Two said "Mm, it's getting too deep here for me." And that about sums it up.

Web posted on Thursday, June 21, 2007

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