Sifting Through the Sands of Time

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You just never know what you will find when you start “sifting through the sands of time”……………….I have always known that there was another explanation for my “quasi-activism”………………………..apparently becoming a “nut” was my destiny as the above letter so clearly illustrates.  At the “wise” old age of nine, I had decided to write a letter to President Eisenhower to inform him of my concerns about the cars “speeding” up and down Chatham Road, the street where I lived until the fourth grade.  Apparently…………………………. the President had other important matters before him, and so my reply  came from Sherman Adams who was Eisenhower’s chief of staff (kind of like getting a letter today from William Daly (former JP Morgan banker) or Jacob Lew (former COO of Citigroup Alternative Investments) the last two Obama chiefs of staff……………just sayin’………………..can’t seem to help the thoughts that take over my writing!!!  LOL).  Anyway, if only it had ended there, but evidence of my “nuttiness” continued to present itself as I further uncovered a scathing (LOL…………and trust me……….I really did laugh out loud!!) letter I had written to Paul Hornung,the sports editor of the Columbus Dispatch, in 1962 for criticizing Jerry Lucas for choosing to play professional basketball for the ABL Cleveland Pipers instead of the Cincinnati Royals (I am fiercely loyal to my favorite sports teams as well as to my favorite athletes………..you don’t dare ruffle my feathers!!!).  Just read the following excerpt from my “blistering” letter (I probably should not tell on myself, but the offense I felt as a thirteen year old truly cracks me up!!! LOL).  The letter is dated May 17, 1962:

Dear Mr. Hornung,
My name is Mary Margaret Clark.  I’m thirteen years old and attend a parochial school here in Columbus.  I have been a faithful admirer of the Ohio state basketball team and especially of Jerry Lucas for the past three years. (note to all……..I gave my five-minute speech in English class that year on Jerry Lucas!)  I am openly resentful and opposed to your write-up about the announcement decision of Lucas.  He will undoubtedly remain the idol of everyone from coast to coast (are you all laughing right along with me??!!!).  Neither you, Cincinnati or any other sports writer should open your mouth until you see what happens come basketball season because the tables will most likely be upset.  It’s none of your darn business what he cares to do with his life, it’s his future not yours.  I’m certain if you were in his shoes…………(here comes the really “scathing” part)………(and you wouldn’t be because you’re not half the man he is) you wouldn’t want any crazy sports writer tearing you down for a decision that was yours alone to make.

Seriously……………………………………………………….how does God keep a straight face when peering down from the heavens, to see what He has wrought upon the earth…………………..I can see Him now, nodding in agreement with Crick, and saying, “you are a NUT Mary Margaret, a nut!!!”  Well, I certainly don’t want to disappoint my Creator, so I will just have to carry on……………………….sorry family :).

Speaking of letters………………………..I meant to give mention (before my last post was interrupted by my “Crick” dream) to two touching letters that I received from two nieces as we passed the six month marker a few weeks ago.  One came in the form of an e-mail from Karen (Schultheis side) in which she shared a very comforting poem that I will forever cherish.  The other came in the mail from Erin (Clark side) which was equally thoughtful and caring.  It seems that Erin had wanted to write a message for the “remember when…….” basket at the funeral home, but at the time could not put her thoughts into words and so she waited until later that week when she penned this letter to me.  She had never sent the letter, but had kept it all of this time and rediscovered it earlier this month.  (I am still amazed at the irony of my receiving such compassionate notes on Crick’s passing from two of my nieces, one from each side of the family, within a day of each other, almost six months to the day of the funeral!).  Anyway, I hope Erin won’t mind my divulging a paragraph from her letter…………………..it says soooooo much about Crick and his relationship with all of his nieces and nephews on both sides of the family!!!!!!!!!!!!!     This particular incidence occurred probably ten or so years ago as Erin is twenty years old now :), and took place when the entire family had gathered at Christine and Mike’s for a holiday or some other family celebration……it reads:

  “I don’t remember why, but Crick stuffed me in the basement freezer one time.  Huh?  I wonder what I did to deserve that? (selective memory perhaps, Erin???  my note)  Afterward, we (Clark nieces and nephews) took his shoes, tied them together and hung them over the clothes line downstairs.  (I don’t know why this seemed like such a good idea, he could reach better than us kids).  So we hid in that furnace room in the basement, trying to lock him out.  Turns out he more successfully locked us in!   And…………… he turned the lights out on us (seeing as how the switch is outside of the furnace room!).  The only lessons I learned from times like this…………………………………Don’t mess with Crick, he will always win.  Even in the journey of Life, Crick won.”

1968 Korea

You are so right, Erin.  I suppose this is as good a time as any to bring up the subject of Memorial Day which we will be celebrating tomorrow.   It is the perfect time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices of all of the men and women in the military who have courageously served or are now serving our country to preserve the rights and freedoms that we enjoy today.   Before Crick retired from the National Guard in 2008, he participated in one last Memorial Parade which Worthington, Ohio holds every year.  He was a soldier’s soldier……….dedicated, fiercely loyal to his unit and always, always, always proud to defend his country for future generations, especially his children and grandchildren.  For all of our military family members (and there are many!!!!) both living and deceased we salute you and I offer you one of Crick’s all time favorite patriotic songs (naturally it is from a country artist!)

2004 NATO ID Kosovo

Sophia,Sydney,Josh remembering Papa

TNT
TGW

P.S. Notice the NATO ID picture pose…………….very similar to his Driver’s License ID which the Bureau of Motor Vehicles saw fit one time to actually retake three times. Have you ever heard of the BMV taking the time to retake an ID picture……consider how awful Crick must have looked and all because he HATED having his picture taken and it showed through every single time :)!!!!!!!!!!!

One thought on “Sifting Through the Sands of Time

  1. Hey MM, love those letters! What a spitfire you are. Its funny how you only had to put city and state(no zips) on envelopes back then. I love what you said to the sports reporter what a hoot! Oh my goodness that picture of Crick in Korea 1968 blew me away. Thanks for sharing sure miss him. The freezer story just cracked me up, I can picture the whole thing! love,Rayne

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