Daily Archives: July 21, 2012

The Night the Band Played the Tennessee Waltz

Hey, out there,

I was flipping through some old journals of mine.  It has caused me much grief that I’ve never been completely seduced by the craft of journal keeping.  A laziness of soul takes over, and I abandon most of them over the course of a summer.  But I sometimes find that I’ve forgotten something that I’ve been lucky to forget.

On January 11, 2000, an event occurred in the Beaufort Presbyterian Church that took me by surprise.  Once a year, I accompany Mrs. Julia Randel to church, and she always gets the superb choir to sing “Blessed Assurance,” a hymn I fell in love with when her son, Derril, died at   age 34.  Tragically, Mrs. Randel has lost two sons, Derril and Randy.  She is my mother figure in Beaufort, bequeathed to me when her 15-year-old son died in front of me on a baseball field – a transfiguring scene in my boyhood.

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