Ah! Summer has finally arrived…along with road construction, humidity, heat, sunburns and all the other stuff that goes along with summer. It is really nice as we have not had too many high humidity days (YET!!!) I just think those hot, humid days will be coming. The Fourth of July is fast approaching. It seems like it is almost always hot then. Something to look forward to.
Lloyd and Dee Battest met Mary and Anita Raile of Aberdeen in Huron on Sunday for dinner and then they all attended the 80th birthday Open House for Dee’s sister-in-law, Dee Buchland. Dee poured coffee and the Raile’s served punch. Donna Perrion, of Sioux Falls, served cake. Gail and Brad Temple and family, of Clark, were also present and Gail was a relief runner for her sisters. The Battest were also supper guests at the home of the honored one.
Lloyd and Dee Battest attended the funeral for Don Clarke at Wessington on Monday morning, June 18th. Don was a past State Commander of the American Legion and a good friend of the Battest’s. Dee even got to see a high school classmate that she graduated with 65 years ago in Wessington!
Do you know someone who has cancer? Are you a cancer survivor? The Spink County Relay for Life will be held on June 30th at the Redfield High School Track. First there will be a Youth Camp for students Kindergarten through eighth grade from 10 AM until Noon. This will be held at the Redfield football field. The Redfield/Doland football coaches will be putting this on. There is a cost of $15.00 per student, which the students will be receiving a t-shirt and a water bottle. All of the proceeds from this camp will go to the local Relay for Life chapter. Relay for Life will run from 3 PM until 11 PM on June 30th. There will be a Burger Bash beginning at 5 PM and running until 7 PM. The cost of this is a free will offering. The Redfield Lions Club will be cooking the burgers. The Survivor Lap will be held at 7 PM. When darkness falls, or 9:30, the Luminaries will be lit. These Luminaries are $10.00 each. You may decorate them any way you would like. There are 33 baskets that are being raffled off for the price of $1.00 per ticket. You do not need to be present to win. These baskets are all donated, so the proceeds go to Relay for Life. If you would like to see the baskets, they are posted on facebook at facebook.com/ spinkcountyrelayforlife. If you need more information, or just have some questions, Heather Jordan will be happy to assist you. Her number is 605-450-1279. Two years ago, I went to my first one and was impressed with it.
Grandchildren. Oh the joys!! As I was babysitting my grandchild in Doland for a couple of weekends, it made me start to think. What goes through her little mind as she is seeing things for the first time? Why is she smiling as she is sound asleep? My mother always told me it was gas, I do not think so (at least not all the time). As she was focusing on different objects and listening to different sounds, what ran through her mind? What was she actually seeing? I started to think about how children see things so much more differently than we, as adults, do. I think it is the innocence of a child. I actually had the chance to “stop and smell the roses” for a couple of weekends. And you know what? I actually enjoyed it. I figured my housework could wait, but my grandbaby was growing up way to fast. Whoever said we should have grandbabies first, did not take time to enjoy their own children. At least that is what I have thought. Take some time for you, for your spouse, for your children. You will not regret it.