Somewhere over the rainbow

In a world of turmoil, where war is raging, roadside bombs are exploding and the U. S. economy is imploding, there is a place far from the maddening crowds where people still come together for some good old fashioned fun. I saw it today and it was magnificent.

It reminded me of an episode from Andy Griffith where the good people of Mayberry decided to hold a concert in the town’s little park. Their purpose was to slow down and reorder their lives.

That theme repeated itself today when a little town in Mississippi held a concert in the park – the first of many. It featured local musicians. The sense of “community” was riding high… …and it was spectacular. Two Groups of gospel singers – one from the Baptist Church and the other from the Methodist Church held a sort of battle of the quartets. Only there was no blood – they each performed old favorites dating to a century ago, then came together to show what can happen when Baptists and Methodists join forces. Who’d a thunk it.

They sang old favorites like “Turn on the Radio,” “Beulah Land,” and “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” I got chills.

As we picked up our folding chairs to head home, I was amused by my friend Jimmy Wood who kept greeting everyone with the prefix “Cousin” – only it sounded like “Coudin.”

“Why do you call everyone that,” I asked.

“Well most of them are cousins to some degree,” he responded. He was dragging back a rocking chair he borrowed from the front porch of the only family in town he wasn’t directly related to.

Yeah. Things aren’t all that bad in this world.

One thought on “Somewhere over the rainbow

  1. Can we please have lunch? I need your advice as I re-enter the newspaper world?!? Been meaning to contact you since I started back in February!
    Have a good one.
    Kristen Stevens, DTL

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