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): Opinions & Ideas PAGE 4-A - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2004 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS A 6ri~ ~ublkat~ MiUard B. ~, Pmeddent USPS 620-040 JOHN Ktr'fK~'~DALL PUBLtSHER/EDI"n )R LAt,~m b~ws AI)VERTtSING DIRFk~roR ClJNT CLAYBROOK AtK',;(KTIATE EDITOR ROB Rain .~L~S I .~,Vl'~'Wl" EI)FI~)R JAYNE GOWN B U SIN F."k~ I~ANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188 - Fax (706) 846-2206 R O. Box 426 Hogansville, Georgia 30230 Father Reported Missing in From Lewis Grizzard's thathetvascominghome.My collection "If Love Were Oil, father called from Pearl I'd Be About a Quart Low" Harbor on a Christmas Eve, Written in 1979 and my mother cried again Sometimes It's Hard TO Admit We're Wrong Have you ever given much thought to death? It is a topic that most of us would like to avoid, Lord knows I do. But lately, I've had several friends or acquaintances to die who were about my age and it made me think about it for just a little while. Not dwelling on it, mind you, just thinking about it. We all know what the Bible says about not being guaran- teed a tomorrow, but most of us think that we are inde- structible and will live forev- er. It is not until we become very ill or have something really bad happen in our life that we begin to realize just how vulnerable we ~ally are. A gentleman whom I had gotten to know pretty well recently passed away a cou- ple of weeks ago. The funny thing was, he always appeared to be healthy as a horse and twice as strong. You would have never known that he was sitting on a time bomb just ticking away. He was always an athlete and loved to run, or shoot :hoops; or just about any other sport. He was on his compa- ny's softballteam, rode abike almost every other day, and would run at a park near his home when he wasn't riding his bike. Several weeks ago, he begin to complain of feeling a little tired. He went to the doctor and had a checkup, and walked away feeling good because he was told he was in excellent shape. To make a long story short, his heart simply played out and he died from a mas- sive heart attack AFTER HEARING the news, I started thinking about how vulnerable we all are. How we can go so quickly from being a picture of health to terminally ill in what seems like a matter of minutes. That's the same way it was with my mother. She went from being on the,go and vibrant to terminally ill with cancer. I watched her deteri- orate over a period of~wo-"~ years and finally succumb, to the disease. I really began thinking\ about life after death, but probably not the way you would ~. Not about whether I would go to heav- en, not if there is an after life; nothing like that. Instead, I really thought about the peo- ple and legacy we .leave behind when we die. I thought of Lira many ram- fly members and friends I've lost in the past and what they had left behind with their deaths, It was then that I real- ized that life after death is hard to deal with for those left behind, but not unbearable if the one who has passed on left them with a feeling of being cared about. I also started thinking about my life. I must admit, like everyone else, I've done some things I'm not proud of, some things that I shouldn't have, and some things that were really nice. Of course, that's simply life. Life makes us make bad decisions some- times, emotions or circum- stances will make uS dothings we really shouldn't, and some times we just do stupid things. My dad used to tell me that it was all right to make a mis- take, no matter how bad it was, as long as we were willing to admit it and do everything in our power to correct it. Unfortunately, some- times in life we make mis- takes that can't be corrected, but we can sure make up for it as best we can. Believe me, I know that to be true because I'm living throughone of those mistakes in my life right now. But, I've done all I can to make up for it and should I die, I'll leave this life without a guilty conscience. I'm sure by now you won- der exactly where this colunm is headed. I'm trying to get to the point. My friend had no idea that he was so close to death's door. He had made mistakes in his life and had told me over and over again that he wished that he could correct them one day. Unfortunately, he left this life without doing that. Not because he didn~ want to, but because he had so much pride he refused to. I donot want that to hap- pen to me. When I leave this old world, more than any- thing, I want people to remem- ber me as trying to do what was right and being a good friend. Sometimes in life, doing what is right is not always the easiest thing, it's not the cheapest way and it can be the most heartbreaking way, but when we do the fight thing we don't have to be afraid of the person staring back at us in our mirror, but more impor- tantly, when we leave this world, we can leave it in peace knowing that we have wronged no one. HOGANSVlIa.E HOME NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway. Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 620-040. Subscri~on rates by mail: $20 in Troop, Hams or Meriwethei" Counties; $24 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville. Georgia 30230.Single copy 50. FOR sugsc~ItrrtoNs call (706) g46-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, S'tar Mercury Publications, E O. Box 42~ Manchester, ~ia 31816. ~: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA .~)230. ST~ Publisher and Editor ........................................................................... John Kukyendall Advertising Director .................................................................................. Laurie Lewis A,~ociate F__ffRor ................................................................................... Clint Cla~rook Businegs Manager ............................................................................... Jayne GoMston A~sistant Editor ..................................................................................... Rob Richardson Staff Writers .......................................................................... Bryan Geter, Billy BPyant Composition .............................. Dewayne Flowers. Robert Weems. Gaff Youngbl~ Legals ..................................................................................................... Jayne Goldston Circulation Manager ........................................................................... Tr~y Lynn Wyalt Pre~ M~er ................................................................. : ............... Wayne G/och