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Hi folks,
I wonder when the phrase “smile for the camera” first originated. We see pictures of
small babies, and they have big smiles, and they make us smile. Pictures really tell a
story; good memories come to mind when we visit our picture albums.

The one thing I have noticed about pictures of our grandparents, and many of the
people from long, long ago, is that they posed for the camera, but in most cases, no
smiles were present. They looked so solemn – almost like they had lost their best
friends.

Smiles are contagious. Just try this sometime while shopping at the big Box Store –
give the person you are meeting a nod and a smile, and in most cases, you will get a
smile in return.

Pictures are different today. Everyone seems to be happy. Big smiles are always
present, especially in pictures of little children or babies. We wait for that smile to
appear, and we snap the picture, and we treasure it for years to come.

I suppose times were very hard for those of many years ago, but they did a great job
in making the county great. We thank each and every one for this.

A couple of weeks ago, I lost one of the best friends ever. He was a member of the
Class of 1960. He was well respected and loved by all – a great neighbor to so many
people and a person who loved his family. He set that good example that a loving,
caring father does, and he showed his love for his fellow man.

He and I were friends all through school, and we had so many wonderful stories that
we would share when we had the opportunity to visit. His memory will live on, and
that’s what really counts.

My deepest condolences go out to the family of my good buddy and friend, Harold
Hargett.

Til next time,
Your friend,
Bobby

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