LUNCH BUNCH, MARCH 10, 2009
 
St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic.  And today, one week until St. Patrick's Day, it was 49 degrees until 12 noon, and then the transformation began.  It reached a beautiful 79 degrees today for our seventeen classmates who attended our lunch bunch!
 
Shirley opened our meeting and announced that Paul Curry was in church Sunday looking pale, but he was able to attend.  He will have a biopsy of his pancreas soon in Columbus.  We are wishing him well.
 
Jane Caldwell shared with us that Nancy Carter Gildersleeve's cancer is back, and she has started chemo again.  We all signed one of the cards that Martha Pettry made for our class, and Shirley will send it to her.
 
We were happy to see Nancy Lanning today and she shared with us that her husband, Sonny, is doing well with physical therapy after his heart attack, and shoulder surgery.
 
Those classmates to remember in our prayers:
Paul Curry, Nancy Gildersleeve, Sonny Lanning, Shirley Schramm Stadler's husband Walt, Linda Achauer Steer's husband Roland, Stanley Slack's wife Wanda, Shirley Smith, and all our classmates who have a health problem.  We bring a wish your way of good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day. 
 
Shirley brought for each one of us a piece of chocolate candy wrapped in foil telling us NOT to tear the foil.  We all spread our little piece of foil on the table and Shirley shared with us that her children were taking down the remainder of the Christmas decorations two weeks ago and she felt a sinking feeling with pain in her stomach.  She said it "felt like a heart attack!"  She hollered to her children to crush two aspirin and bring them to her.  She took them, and after a short while felt better, but was chilling.  She wrapped in a blanket and slept for six hours.  The next day she called her doctor and told the nurse she needed an appointment for the following day because she has known cancer, she may have pneumonia because she is having chest problems, and she thinks she had a heart attack yesterday.  The nurse said no one has ever called to be seen with this combination of problems before, and she would call her back.  When she called back the nurse said that they were entirely booked for the next day, but Dr. Kelso said to get herself into his office at 8 AM in the morning.  She has been referred to a specialist.
 
Obviously, if any of you think you are having a heart attack, you need to get to the ER as quickly as possible.  But taking aspirin could save your life.  So Shirley passed a bottle of aspirin around for each of us to place two in our paper foil and keep them with us at all times.  Thank you, Shirley.
 
Jane Caldwell shared with us that Gloria Warner Poynter and her husband Norm are in California visiting Gloria's daughter, Michelle.  While there she is also visiting with Fritzie.
 
Shirley then passed a paper around for us to sign if we could stay after the lunch for a steering committee for our 2010 class reunion, and led us in the blessing.
 
After our lunch Cornelia gave each of us a St. Patrick's Day candy mint as this is her special day since she was born on March 17.  Saint Patrick was a gentleman, who through strategy and stealth drove all the snakes from Ireland, and here's a drink to his health!  But not too many drinks, lest we lose ourselves and then forget the good Saint Patrick, and see them snakes again.  And today we saw a snake again, a boa, around Cornelia's neck that was covered in green feathers.  And all of a sudden the boa had little lights flashing everywhere!  Sonny Hickman joined Cornelia and we all sang "When Irish eyes are smiling."  Here is a wish for a early happy birthday for Cornelia!
 
We had a fun time chatting until shortly after 2 PM. 
 
Almost everyone stayed for our class reunion steering committee meeting, and Martha Pettry made a motion that we have our 2010 class reunion at Bryan Place on Sixth Street with the motion seconded by Jane Caldwell.  All agreed.  Motels are close by and there is plenty of room at Bryan Place to make accommodations for Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday's brunch.  Shirley will get back with us regarding a date.
 
May luck be our companion
May friends stand by our side
May history remind us all
Of Ireland's faith and pride,
May God bless us with happiness
May love and faith abide.
 
And always remember a best friend is like a four leaf clover:  Hard to find and lucky to have.
 
I will see you in April at the Golden Corral on Tuesday, April 14, at 11:30 AM.
 
Martha K. Cannon