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PAGE 6 THE GUARDIAN, NOVEMBER 28, 1980 I Dlres Curran Talks with parents d! THANKSGIVING again and thanks giving is easy. It strikes me that sometimes it's easier to be thankful than not. How can anyone not be thankful for health, love, family, faith, food and work? The real test, it seems to me, lies in recognizing those gifts that come under other guises, layers that we must peel away as we mature, revealing blessings we once considered otherwise. We don't always recognize these as gifts when we first meet them. They're usually a pain in the psyche, something to endure. It's only in later years that we come to ap- preciate their role in our lives Here are a few such gifts in my past, gifts I could have lived without, gifts that I didn't use to value but which I thank God for this Thanksgiving Day. I didn't use to be thankful for chores, rules and discipline in my childhood. Not only were they un- necessary, but oppressive as well- the whims of in- sensitive and inhumane  FORT SMITH OFFICE SUPPLY 812 GARRISON ] ...... "Your One Stop Office Products s,po,,s Comor" I FORT SMITH I II(ECULLENe BILLCONRATH PHONE 782-0311J parents. Today, I am grateful for parents who loved me enough to say rio, who cared enough about my future to try to make me a fit person to be around and whose discipline instilled in me an eventual sense of self-discipline. I DIDN'T use to be thankful for things like vaccinations, dental appointments and cod liver oil. Today, I'm grateful that society and parents cared enough about my health to furnish these in spite of childhood mutters. I didn't use to be thankful for spelling lists and multiplication tables. But, today, when I spend my days dividing syllables and multiplying recipes, I thank God and teachers for bur- dening me with such ex- traneous knowledge I didn't use to be thankful for brothers and sisters. They were an endurance -- an oc- casion of sin waiting to happen. "Bless me, Father, for I can't stand my brothers. ." but today they are my friends as well as my family, part of my children's roots and just plain fun to be around. I thank God for them all. I DIDN'T use to be thankful for practices and homework. A half hour of piano a day kept my friends away Assign- ments interfered with ball games, ice skating and the always beckoning book, but today I thank God for giving me those burdens. I learned early that to be better, I had to practice and that deadlines are a part of life. I didn't use to be thankful for asparagus and broccoli. Or even, I'm chagrined to admit, for sirloin steak. As a farm child, oppressed by all three, I begged my parents, "Why can't we have good food like bologna?" Today, when I ever-so-rarely come upon anything farm-fresh, I thank God for such a special treat. I didn't use to be thankful for silence. It meant boredom, the drags. Today, I treasure a few days or even a few hours of aloneness in a grassy setting or even the utility room. I DIDN'T use tO be thankful for sunsets which meant the end of a day's play, for har- vests which meant work, or for boots which meant dry feet. I wasn't thankful for feeling good because I had never felt bad. I wasn't grateful for grown-ups, ap- o, NORTH , TH ITALIAN ITA URAIVT :ORT SM TH ARKANSAS FINEST IN DINING OWNERS FOR RESERVAHONS AND ATMOSPHERE THOMAS J CALDARERA, JR. AC 501 785-2292 HOURS 530 9 45 JAMES J CADELLI Nick Nolte 452-4510 INVESTORS REALTY 1703 Rogers Ft. Smith, Ark. 785-2851 SERVINGFORTSMITH ANDSURROUNDINGAREA Bob Nolte 452-7148 BA TEMAN FIRE EQUIPMENT, Inc. 3110 North "O" Phone" 1-501-782-9968 Specializes in Sales & Service of Fire Extinguishers FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS 72904 I i ii COLD BEER WINE LIQUEUR'S SCHNEIDER'S LIQUOR C.W. (6iLL) SCHNEIDER PHONE 2932 MIDLAND BLVD S01 783 2012 FORT SMITH. ARKANSAS 72901 i Murnion Bishops Continued From Pg.5 Famil with that life. We join the Jesus story, Washington become a part of it and continue it. Our own stories, in Rome gave too, become important, petus to An appreciation of the efforts to meaning to be found in the families, U.S. stories of our lives can come from drawing the connections The synod between our own stories and the story of Jesus. problems temporary IT IS EXTREMELY However, we valuable when parishes help deal and were people with this. Some basis for parishes help people to mitment within become somewhat more support familieS autobiographical, to trace forts to give their journey of life and faith, response to identifying the main message," said characters in their lives, from the six realizing what "plot" is The statement emerging in their lives and "Message what "editing" may be issued by Cooke of NeW necessary. In simple ways, parishes encourage family members to Francisco, A listen to each other's stories, Joseph L. to set aside the time to do this Cincinna ti and to consult the story of Robert F. Jesus as a way of helping Fe, N.M., B them reflect on the stories of Archbishop their own lives. Kosicko of We will not much ap- preciate the story of Jesus if we do not appreciate our own individual stories, the stories of those people around us, the groups that make stories of the parish and of the parish family. J IN OUR LIVES, preciative of poetry, or Christ-like story blissful at bedtime, about: I didn't use to be thankful --the incarnatiov; for any of the above, but God like that of Jesus is patient and, as the poster thisworld;. says,-He isn't finished with --obedience to me yet. Someday, I might will; even thank Him for TV football. But I wouldn't bet on -CARE FOR the it. --healing () 1980 ciliation; --the death and tion. Court Eliminates 10 Commandments Washington (NC) -- A Kentucky law requiring that the Ten Commandments be posted in all public school classrooms in the state has been struck down by the U. S. Supreme Court. The court, in an unsigned opinion which had the support of five justices, reversed a ruling issued by the Kentucky Supreme Court in April upholding the con- stitutionality of the state law. gmmmllmllmlmglmlllllHIIIIImgnllllmllmmmmlmmHmlammmmHI991Mglmllm "The pre-eminent purpose ffi _ I ,   -- = for posting the Ten Cam- --- Everything imaginable from old Mexico  mandments on schoolroom walls is plainly religious in nt Camp i Little Mexico i opinion. "The Ten Com- 1611 East Main mandments is undeniably a sacred text in the Jewish and l Phone474-2632 --= FURNITURE. LIGHTS  Christian faiths and no Van Buren, Arkansas . JEWELRY LEATHERPAINTINGS  legislative recitation of a --------- WROUGHT IRON POTTERY -------- supposed secular purpose can | Barre Guild and other " Fine Quality Memorials. - SILL AND BARBARA KOCH 3231 MIDLAND BLVD. --__ blindus to that fact. E 501-703-3953 FORT SMITH, ARK. _-= The law, passed by the Kentucky General Assembly R. W. Ocker. Owner mm,,mmm,,,,,mm,,mm,,,mmmm,m,m,,mmm,mm,m,,mmm,| in 1978, required posting of the James L. Lee, Jr. D.D.S. announces the relocation of his office for the practice of Pediatric Dentistry 1501 South Waldron Rd. Waldron Place Medical Center Ft. Smith, Arkansas 72903 Telephone 452-8650 Office Hours By Appointment The PIED PIPERo Chikirens cApparel h i',  .,. 20% OFF ALL COATS 1705 Rogers Av e . 9:30 o.m. -5:30 p.m. 783-6349 Fianno Vii!age Shopping Cntr 1-540 & Jenny Lind 10:00 o.m.-6:00 p.m. 646-4026 Ommm: POLYETHLENE BAGS-LINERS SHEETS-PLAIN & PRINTED ARKANSAS POLYBAG COMPANY 819 SOUTH 10th STREET FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS 72901 PHONE BEN GOSEY 501-783-3072 PRESIDENT 501-783-0827 Ten Commandments, but said that funds for the program must come from voluntary contributions. "THE writes and on," but a story memories. It recalled people. ) 1980 NC Nears DR. MARLIN B. HOGE and DR. PAUL M. AND Announce a change of effective NOVEMBER 17, 1980 our new offices will be in WALDRON PLACE MEDICAL 1501 South Waldron Road Suite 201 Fort Smith, AR 72903