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The best laid plans. You’ve probably heard that saying. I had them last week.

The 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns penned the famous line, “The best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray” in his poem “The Mouse.” You know Burns. He was the one who wrote “Auld Lang Syne.”

Burns and I have a lot in common. I can’t imagine bringing in a New Year without his song “Auld Lang Syne” and I am a rock-solid example of The best-laid plans ...”

That’s what happened with last week’s column. My best-laid plans went astray.

I keep quite a few ongoing files on Milly— she’s my laptop computer — each file with the date of upcoming columns. I drop info in the appropriate files about upcoming birthdays you share, planned events that may be months in the future, info about things I need to check on. Last week though, my best-laid plans took a turn for the worse. Somehow, I hit the wrong button.

Yep. Instead of last week’s column, it was the notes in the file for this week’s column you read. Not good on my part. Just for the record this isn’t one of those nostalgic moments I will reminisce about when singing Auld Lang Syne next New Year’s.

So here is what you should have read last week with a few changes and additions.

•Two weeks ago, we shared about the passing of Mr. Jerry Hudson and Mrs. Vera Standley. What we didn’t share was memorial info.

Memorials for Mr. Jerry may be made to Ten Mile Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 216, Normangee, TX 77871 or First Baptist Church Pathway of Lights, 300 S. Elm, Madisonville, TX 77864.

•Memorials may be made in memory of Vera Standley to Lake Limestone Baptist Church, 17905 Sterling Robertson Dam Rd, Thornton, TX 76687 or to Home Health Hospice, Attn: Patient Foundation Fund, 8300 Central Park Drive Suite A, Waco, TX 76712.

•Our community is growing. Congratulations to Maci and Clint Manning; on March 27, baby Madalyn Mae joined the family weighing in at 8 pounds 6 ounces.

The Cain family also welcomed Jack Oliver-William Cain to the clan. Mr. Jack was born March 13 to Courtney and Jake Cain. His aunts are those two fabulous gals, Whitney Smith Bankhead and Brittney Smith, who own Lucille May on the square.

Congratulations to Christen and Jimbo Parrack on the birth of Eli Wright Parrack. Eli, born April 9, weighed 9 pounds and 2 ounces and will be welcomed home by big brother Asher. Grandparents are Tracy and Brandon Cook and Mary Martha and Kevin Parrack.

•Congrats to Madison County Taxidermist Greg Landry and family who competed last weekend at the Mississippi State Taxidermy Association Competition.

Aidin Wren, better known as Nola, placed first and second in her division with a bobcat and a raccoon. She also won best of show in her division. How’s that for sweeping the show?

Nola, who is the daughter of Pamela and Greg Landry and granddaughter of Rebeca and Fred Keefer, aced the show for the second time.

•Have you driven down Trinity Street to see the beautiful fencing going up on the north side of the Cemetery? It’s just like that on Highway 21. Sadly, fencing of our cemetery is a necessity to control vandalism of the grounds and of the markers and our volunteer Madisonville Cemetery Association is working hard to preserve and beautify our cemetery.

Keeping the cemetery a peaceful and serene place requires a lot of care, not an easy job when decorations and lights etc. are placed around graves and dead plants or fading artificial ones are long forgotten. To make this job feasible a list of cemetery restrictions are available at madisonvillecemetery.com, and as of May 1, these restrictions will be enforced. If you have removable décor that you’d like to keep, now is the time to remove it.

We will share more about what is going on with our Madisonville Cemetery in weeks to come.

•Last Sunday, April 8, began the Top-Gun Fun Series sponsored by Champion Fit Equine and Crossroads Cowboy Church. Two more fun days, April 15 and May 6 will follow.

I was great to watch the kiddos as well as the with moms and dads getting their exercise trotting the little ones around on horses. Grab a lawn chair and go watch. There are classes of all ages. It’s happening in the arena behind the Cowboy Church. If you’d like to participate, call Crossroads Cowboy church at (936) 349-4401.

•This Thursday, April 12, why not take mom and the kids out to Oak Ridge Country Club between 6-8 p.m. and enjoy the fish fry. It’s sure to send you home full and ready for a good night’s sleep. No, you don’t have to be a member. You just need to go hungry and enjoy good fellowship.

Then don’t forget the April 14 Tour Madisonville Bicycle Ride & Festival is an event for all to enjoy, not just bikers.

•The Annual Spring Fling, sponsored by Madisonville First Baptist Church and held at the Kimbro Center, is next on the calendar. Tuesday, April 24 you canl enjoy a meal, some shopping, a fashion show of the latest trends and a whole lot of inspiration from hometown gal Karen Stevens Altom. And that’s all for a $10 ticket.

Now is the time to register. A headcount is needed for that meal and the cut-off date is next Thursday, April 19. Purchase your ticket at the Madisonville First Baptist Church office.

•Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29, a Ladies Christian retreat will be held at the Leon County Expo Center. This one, Sisters in the Saddle, sponsored by Crossroads Cowboy Church, mixes a little Texas western tradition with a whole lot of Christian inspiration. You can participate in riding events, a little Painting with a Purpose or for $50 for the day, which includes three meals, you can go hear Debbie Phillips and Christian Humorist Karen Cunningham and enjoy some good fellowship and food. It’s a weekend guaranteed to touch your soul. Check it out at

www.facebook.com/sistersinthesaddle/. Scroll down to the flyer for all kinds of info.

By the way, tickets can also be purchased for the Saturday evening meal if hubby and the kids want to come out and be entertained.

•That same weekend out in Midway you might be the lucky one who goes home with a new rifle, maybe a gas grill, 65-quart Yeti cooler or even some of those good Weather-Tech floor mats. That is, if you buy that winning raffle ticket. It’s all to benefit the annual Midway Cemetery Association’s fundraiser April 28.        

The raffle drawing is just a tidbit of the day’s activities. Fried fish and barbeque plates will start selling at 11 a.m. and of course that live auction will take place in the afternoon. Don’t forget the famous auction of those Midway baked cakes.

Raffle tickets can be purchased from Lynda Churchwell (936-349-02628) Debra Drake (936-349-3279) or Deenna Ogg (936-348-4530).

•By the way, if you haven’t been by the Midway Cemetery lately, it’s really looking nice. The proceeds from the fundraiser will help complete the new fence.

•On our birthday list, happy belated birthday to Matt Newton whose birthday was Saturday, April 7, and to Marcella Samuel and Sam and Jake Cole, whose birthday was April 8. April 10 was birthday time for Justin Dartez and Kay Hensarling.

This week, happy birthday to John Viser and Matt Reed, who celebrate their birthdays April 12. Betty Hoke and James Duke have birthdays April 13. Winding out our birthday list is Amanda Noble and Meadoe Feuhs, whose birthday time is April 16.

•A belated happy anniversary goes out to Helen and Arnold and Cole, who celebrated their 60th anniversary April 5. Now that is pretty special. Send your congrats to them at 1306 N. May, Madisonville, TX 77864.

And finally, It’s Little League time, a whirlwind of memory-making days. That first year when the kiddos swing at a ball on a stand and sometimes even hitting it, is precious. Often the season ends and that bat has yet to touch the ball, but that’s OK, because it’s about fun.

When Little Leaguers do hit the ball they run to first base, or at least that’s the plan. These kids are so cute to watch. In their excitement or fear they run the wrong way, hesitate too long, or just stand and watch the ball. Sometimes they get scared of doing something wrong and freeze. It’s the beginning of years of learning though, and that’s OK.

Kids though, are not robots. With each passing year Little Leaguers learn more about the game but they will always forget, get confused and make mistakes. That too is OK. So do professional ball players. The Great Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs but he also struck out 1,330 times and walked 2,062 times. As Babe Ruth once said, “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”

There is a good moral here: First, we as adults tend to remember Babe Ruth’s home runs, but it was the strikeouts and walks record that made those home runs possible. Secondly, all of us, not just the parents but friends and family need to instill in our children that little league is first about fun. The process of positive learning comes wrapped in that.

If you get a chance to watch the Little Leaguers, go do it. Grab a lawn chair and head to our city park. Guaranteed to make you smile. Until next week, see you ’round town.