• One Word Of Praise, How Important Is It?

    My voter registration card is pristine today, and it would absolutely never occur to me to keep it any other way. That card brings a smile to my face every single time that I look at it because it reminds me of just how much weight what we say can have and how we seldom realize that even a casual word can touch another’s heart forever.

    I often find that I can be having an absolutely horrible day when suddenly a kind word or even just an unexpected smile from a total stranger can make the sun come right out from behind the day’s dark clouds, and immediately my day feels a whole lot brighter.

    I think of this very thing every single election year, which I realize makes no sense to you, but you see, it was in an election year…voting day at that…when Mrs. Cyril Irby handed out the kind word that I have never forgotten.

    I was very young, and Mrs. Irby was still “Mrs. Irby” to me. (You know how it is with your “old” teachers.) When Rickey and I handed her our voter registration cards, Mrs. Irby made a really big deal out of the fact that our cards were “absolutely pristine.”

    Well, let me tell you, from that day forward, I swelled with pride every year when I handed my card to the person (usually Mrs. Irby) behind the desk.

    Today, I can sit back and laugh at that silly young girl from many years ago, but I have never forgotten the lesson I learned that day. I only wish that (before Mrs. Irby was gone) I had learned about handing out roses while people are still here to receive them. Somehow I think she would have liked to know how much her words touched me.

    But since I didn’t do that, I suppose I’ll just go on remembering Mrs. Irby every election year and smiling to myself, “Mrs. Irby would be so proud of me!”

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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