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May 8, 2001

The other day, our mail carrier brought me an interesting letter from Joan (Mrs. Tim) Endicott, a young lady I have known since she came here to teach school a few years ago. “Even though I have only been a resident of Perry since 1969,” she wrote, “I find the stories of the early days (in the Northwest Corner) very interesting. I came to Perry with the intention of staying only one year. I was single and had accepted the job of ninth grade English teacher. I had such a wonderful class (many of whom still live here) and made so many friends that I was hooked. Betty and J.D. Sadler became second parents to me, and John and Vivian Nida were not only landlords but also great friends. My fellow teachers also made the year very enjoyable. Byard Anderson, Erv Abraham, Garnett Harms and Myrna Duncan Stoops Moore were just a few who became more like family rather than co-workers. I found out that Perry was (and is) truly a unique town.”/p>

Comments such as these from Joan are always nice to hear and yes, it is true, there is something distinctive about this little town that sets it apart from all the others. Joan also passed along some comments that should be of interest to just about everyone. Some of them are from Paul Harvey, the noted ABC radio newscaster and commentator, and others were issued by Andy Rooney, the acerbic wit who shares time with other CBS personalities on “60 Minutes.” (He also was a reporter for one of the European editions of the Army daily, Stars & Stripes, during World War II.) We’ll save Paul Harvey’s for another time, but here are some of the Andy Rooney quotes:

I’ve learned
... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
... That when you’re in love, it shows.
... That just one person saying to me, “You’ve made my day!” makes my day.
... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
... That being kind is more important than being right.
... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.
... That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.
... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
... That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.
... That money doesn’t buy class.
... That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

Thanks to Joan for sharing her thoughts and these quotes. We’ll save the rest of them for another time.