There’s a log in the road so I have to get out and move it. I guess Sean has gotten used to me doing things like this. He teases me that I’m straightening up the woods.

Anytime he sees a log, a branch, or a turtle he thinks of me, and if I’m with him, he knows that he has to stop. Why do I do this? Why wouldn’t you? That log or stick could puncture a tire, that turtle doesn’t have a chance if you don’t lend him a hand. Am I right? Well this last week there were a few logs in the road — the road called life — and I was a little down about it. Sean doesn’t like to see me sad so he kindly informed me that when life throws a log or a stick in my way I should do what I do when I have this urge to straighten the woods. He told me to get out and move it. Well dang it, I don’t like it when he’s right. LOL. Sometimes that log is pretty big and I might need a little bit of help moving it, but Sean was right (yes, Don and Gator, I put that in writing).

I was blessed to stand next to some amazing volunteers this week who helped me with a fundraiser, but more importantly they helped me move that log that was thrown in front of me. Life does that. We sometimes get really big obstacles thrown at us, sometimes smaller ones, and sometimes those less fortunate look to us to help them on their way. If we need help moving that obstacle, ask for it. If you can do it yourself, then get out of the car and move it. If you find someone who needs a little help to get them on their way, don’t turn away, get out of the car and help. I always feel better when the road is clear and the turtle is safe.

So enough of that, the road looks good right now and I’ve had an amazing weekend.

It’s back-to-school time and I may not be dealing with getting my children to school or having my first day teaching, but I do think of all the students, teachers, staff, and parents who will be getting back in the swing of things. Goodbye, lazy summer days. As a child I loved the first day of school. I liked the smell of a newly washed chalk board (my grandchildren don’t understand this) and I still love a new box of crayons. I loved organizing my notebooks, covering my books, and sharpening my pencils. I get a kick out of hearing what the grandchildren are doing in school. I like listening to them tell me about their friends and their teachers, and now look forward to stopping in now and then to spend lunch with them. I respect the men and women who have chosen to be educators; it’s not for everyone. I appreciate the staff who keep the schools clean, feed the children, and get them to school safely, and keep them healthy and safe while they are there. Our children are our future, we all know this. As adults and role models we have to be sure that while they are with us that we keep their road clear, that we get out of the car to help them when they need it, and that we always show them how much we love them. I’m a summer lover, but there’s always something good to be found in every season of the year if you just look around you. Happy Back-to-School week!

You kindness challenge for the week: Thank a bus driver.

If you’d like to celebrate the first week of school, consider coming out to the “2018 Dirty Bowl” benefit playoff football game at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Clinton High School football field, $5 admission gets you into both of the playoff games. At 2 p.m. The Bee Branch Bee Branchians (team color purple) will face-off with two-time champions the Clinton Bushwhackers (team color red).

After this game the winner will go on to play The Fairfield Bay Bass (team color blue). The top two winners will go onto the championship game on Sunday, Sept. 9. Come cheer on your favorite team, grab a snack at the concession booth, and support seniors in our community. The Dirty Farmers Community Market is a non-profit 501c3 organization who’s mission is to “Give of our Abundance.” We give through our “Seed to Senior” and “Daily Bread” programs, as well as building lasting friendships with seniors in our community. We hope to see you there.

If you would like to book a day or overnight stay at the retreat give us a call. If you have a heart-warming story, a thought or word of inspiration, or if you would like more information on how you can make a difference in your community by giving to seniors call, 501-253-4716, email, text or message me on Facebook through The Dirty Farmers Community Market page.