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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 7 Just A Thought Will you be my valentine, now and forever? By RICK KRAFT headed out the door for work I have asked a woman to be my The elderly couple was driv- ing down the country road in their old pickup truck when they saw a young couple in a shiny new pickup coming towards them from the other direction. The young man was driving and the young lady was sitting right next to him, almost in his lap. He had his left hand on the steering wheel and his right arm was be- hind her neck resting on her shoulder. "She was looking at her man with adoration, giving him all of the attention that any young lady could. possibly give. As the two pickup trucks passed, the elderly lady looked at her husband of fifty years from across the front seat and with a grin said, "Would you look at" that! Do remember when we-used to travel like that?" He turned his head and looked at her somewhat uncomfortable and unsure just how to respond. Then he smiled " and said, "I haven't moved!" This weekend couples across our country will celebrate Valentine's Day. To many Valentine's Day means some- thing totally different this year than it did last year. Some have different Valentine's today than a year ago. Some have lost their Valentine over the past year. This will be the last Valentine's Day for some to celebrate long rela- tionships. They will loose their cherished spouse of many de- cades in the year ahead. Some will celebrate their first ever Valentine's Day with some- one special this week. Some rela- tionships are falling apart at the seams and the Valentine that they have today will be long gone be- fore February 14th rolls around next year. Valentine's Day is an oppor- tunity to recognize that someone special who adds value to your life. I believe that God made us to live our lives as couples. One man and one woman. A husband and a wife. Studies have shown that individuals who are married live longer than those who aren't. This does not surprise me. It is a secure feeling to know there is someone in this world who is thinking of you and is there for you to return to. When my children were young, as I Rick Kraft often jokingly said. "I love you kids. Have a great day. Daddy'has to go out and slay some dragons today!" No matter what difficul- ties I have with the dragons that I encounter each day, I know the stress of the day will end and I have a special lady to retum to at the end of the day. To keep the same Valentine year after year takes a couple growing together. This is the cllallenge for ev- ery couple. Growth. Growth together. Often people change Valen- tines because one or both choose not to grow. Sometimes one or both choose to grow apart, not together. Each June our daughter goes to Karmkuk. a Christian camp outside Branson. Missouri. She used to attend as a participant, she now returns as a counselor. The camp's director is author and speaker Joe .White. Many sum- mers ago as my family sat out in the beautiful forest, Dr. White told us a story about two trees. He told us about an elm .tree and a box elder tree that have grown just outside his mother's front porch there in the woods of Mis- souri. Two trees that are very dif- ferent. He described bow the 80 year old trees have grown tall and strong, twisted together and in- tertwined. Through the years they have grown together and have in essence become one. both lean- ing on the other as they grew. His analogy was .that if all goes ac- cording to God's plan. a husband and a wife will grow together, with both leaning on each other as they grow. He also talked about how sometimes our trees are cut short. This happens in the event of the death of a spouse or a divorce when the couple is young. He explained how tough it is to go it alone. But what a powerful analogy. Two different trees growing to- gether, relying on each other at as they grow. Both growing at the same pace as they live their liyes, but together growing as one into the sky. I got engaged on Valentine's Day twenty-six years ago. When I proposed to Tanya it was a spe- cial evening; the only time that I wife. On the porch of Tinnie Mer- cantile in Tinnie I dropped to one knee and opened the box with the ring inside. I was as nervous as a guy could be. This became clear when I tried to open the box to show her the ring and it went fly- ing. But I was also in love. I remain in love twenty-six years later. My Valentine in 1984 is my best friend today. I pray that we will be able to enjoy Valentine's Days together for forty more years ahead. We shouldn't take Valentine's Day for granted as we never know the fu- ture. Many S~ecial people expe- rience Valentines Day this year alone, having lost their valentine of many years. Visiting a grave is nothing like a smile, a hug, a kiss, a squeeze of that someone special's hand. We only have a fixed num- ber of Valentine's Days. to cel- ebrate during our lives. And we have only one opportunity to cel- ebrate Valentine's Day in 2010. Who is that special person in your life? Do you take them for granted? What drew the two of you together? If there,dere sparks when you met. what is prevent- ing there from being sparks to- day? Are you growing'together as one? My challenge to you today is to take the time .to celebrate Valentine's Day with your special someone. Remember the days that you courted. Remember the sparks that were flying; the look in his or her eyes. Realize you and your Valentine saw something in each other back then or else you wouldn't have gotten together. Rekindle the flame. You can do it. Be sure there is growth in your relationship. Growth to- gether like the trees in the forest. -Take responsibility yourself for where your relationship is today. Do what you can to improve the relationship. Be the person you want your spouse to be. Don't be like the elderly man in the pickup. Don't just sit there and say, "I haven't moved." Just a thought... Rick Kraft wishes his best friend an?l special Valentine Tanya a Happy Valentine's l~y. To ~ub- mtt comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@ kraftandhunter, corn or write to PO. Box 850,. Roswell," NM, 88202-0850. LA ositi Mar 2, 2010 g M ON IONAL ICES. Suite A * Lordsburg A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy THE JOHN A. JOHNSON, JR, HISTORIC PHOTO COLLECTION Rainbow Girls, Lordsburg, 1938 The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls (IORG) is a Masonic youth service organization which teaches leadership training through commurfity service. Girls (ages 11-20/21) learn about the value of charity and service through their work and involvement with their annual local and Grand (state or country) service projects. Rainbow is a nonprofit organization that strives to give girls the tools, training, and encouragement to let their individual spirits shine bright. By providing members with a safe. fun. caring environment where responsible, older girls can interact and mentor younger girls through family involvement From volunteering for different charities, to working to improve their public speaking, to mastering the lessons of Rainbow. members tackle lots of challenging hurdles but ultimately walk away with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Front row. left to right: Florence Gwartney; Mildred Hill: Kay Wright; Goldie Wright: Olla Williams; Mrs. Ira Conner. Mystery Mother Back row. left to right: Eva Williams: unidentified: Opal Wright; Dorothy McGinnis: Pauline Wright; Suzie McWhorter: Olive Wright; Barbara Wright Rep. Teague encourages families to take advantage of tax credit Courtesy submission Last week. Congressman Harry Teague encouraged New Mexico's working families to take advantage of the Earned In- .come Tax-Credit (EITC). In an effort to help struggling families during the economic downturn. Congressman Harry Teague spon- sored an amendment to the Ameri- can Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will temporarily increase and expand the eligibility of the EITC. Each year, the credit helps approximately 24 million work- ing families, including over 200,000 in New Mexico. make ends meet. However. an esti- mated five to seven million eli- gible taxpayers nationwide do not claim benefits they are en- titled to through the EITC. "In these economic times, it is more important than ever that New Mexico's eligible families take advantage of the Earned In- come Tax Credit" said Congress- man Harry Teague. "I fought to expand the EITC because we need to make sure that working families get their tax dollars back so they can continue to help turn the economy around. I encour- age my constituents to take ad- vantage of free tax preparation sites and resources, so they can make sure they receive the ben- efits they deserve this tax filing season." In 2009 more than 200,000 New Mexican families received the EITC with an average award of $2.054. In 2010 the EITC has been temporarily increased and expanded to include families with three or more children. In addition, the amount of EITC benefits current beneficiaries re- ceive has been increased, making over 650.000 new families eli- gible nationwide Currently, families making up to $48,000 may qualify for the credit, which may be worth more than $5,600. AT H ALGO MEDICAL SERVICES HMS Med Square offers pediatric and primary care for infants and children! Let either of our experienced pediatricians, Dr. Michelle Pahl and Dr. Don Johnson, or our family practice physician Dr. Joyce Troxler care for your children! Dr. Michelle Pahl Joyce Troxler Meredith Heidenfeld, PA-C HIDALGO MEDICAL SERVICES your appointment,, please call HMS Med Square 575-388-1511 or 1-866-633-7773 www.hmsnm,org i ................. LtE~T-