To the Editor:
Tuesday evening it was an honor and a privilege for Don and me to take part in the yearly Christmas Party for the Special Needs Children of Wilson County. This is the major project of the Wilson County Shrine Club, along with Wilson County Fair Booth and Annual Hospital Paper Sale.
These have been projects of the club for many years and are made possible through donations by the Nobles of Wilson County and Al Menah Shrine Temple. Melvin Sloan always has a group of musicians and singers come to entertain these precious people. Melvin has been doing this for more than 30 years.
Oh, to see the joy on the faces of these special people when singing “Silent Night, Holy Night,” or when Santa Claus enters the building! They are given an envelope and a bag containing candy, fruit and other items. There is such an air of anticipation and joy on their faces while waiting for their names to be announced.
I was especially touched because I had so many of these young people at Lebanon High School when I worked there for 17 years. So many of them remembered me and came over to hug me and say they missed me. They used to come by the main office each day just to say hello to me. This is something that you will never forget and will make you humble and thankful for the opportunity to just be able to be in their presence because you feel as if you are in the presence of a Higher Being!
The teachers of these students are to be commended. I saw through the years the love, dedication and long hours these special teachers put in and the love they displayed for their students.
After the long and traumatic illness of Don this past summer, I have become very humble and so much more appreciative of our life together. He has been home two months now, and it is truly a miracle! We have been married 50 years, and I want to treasure the remaining years we have together.
We recently had 28 members of my graduating class of 55 years ago to our house for a luncheon. And we put our house on the Watertown Christmas Tour of Homes. This made us feel back to normal and part of our beloved Wilson County again. People were astonished to see how much Don has improved in the past two months.
I am so thankful for each day now. Treasure each day you have with your own families and be thankful that you have another day with each other.
Georgia Franklin,District 7 Wilson County Commissioner,Watertown
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