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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014 7 Just A Thought They are only words, or are they? By RICK KRAFT Each of us have spoken our first words. None of us have spo- ken our last words. There is a saying I think of often, "We are each born unique, but we die common." The first minutes and hours of a newborn's life hold so much hope and promise as we think thoughts such as "this child may change the world." Then life is lived and most people seem to die "common." When it comes to spoken words, this concept should be re- versed. We typically speak the same words at the front end of our life journey and differ- ent words at the back end. We don't remember our first words. Those who have gone be- fore us need to tell us when we first made sounds that formed words. The most common first words for a child to speak at around 11 to 14 months of age are words such as "dada" or "mama." Our first words are not unique and are not very prophetic for the lives we are about to live. Yet at the end of our journey, many get to choose the final words that they speak. And a person's final words may summa- rize a lifetime. On a recent trip through Fredericksburg, Texas I bought a small book called "Famous Last Words." I find it interesting to see what people say when they know they are about to leave this world. It is a 2003 book compiled by author Ray Robinson and pub- lished by Workman Publishing Company. The book quotes fare- well statements and then tells the setting in which they were spo- ken. There are numerous humor- ous sayings. Pancho Villa said "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something." Conrad Hilton is quoted saying "Leave the shower curtain on the inside Rick Kraft of the tub." Welsh poet Dylan Thomas said "I have just had 18 whiskeys in a row. I do believe that is a record." Lou Costello of Abbott and Costello fame shared "That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted." Spanish artist Pablo Picasso said "Drink to me!" And show- man P.T. Barnum's closing words were "How were the circus receipts in Madison Square Garden?" Then there are motivational final words like Notre Dame football great George Gipp's final words to Knute Rockne, "Some time when things are going wrong, when the breaks are beat- ing the boys, ask them to win one for the Gipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Rock, but I'll know about it and I'll be happy." Or Lou Gehrig's final speech delivered to a packed house at Yankee stadium "Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." The book shares final quotes by entertainers. Old Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra's final words to his wife are "I'm 'losin'." Twenty- four year old actor James Dean said "You know my fun days are over." Humphrey Bogart spoke "Hurry back." Promoter Florenz Ziegfeld shared "Curtain! Fast music! Light! Ready for the last finale! Great! The show looks good, the show looks good!" Many American icons are quoted. George Washington said "I am about to die and am not afraid to die. I thank you for your attention and I pray you to take no more trouble for me. Let me go quietly, I cannot last long." Ben Franklin spoke "A dying man can do nothing easy." Dwight Eisenhower said, "I want to go...God take me!" Confeder- ate General Stonewall Jackson, "Let us cross over the river and sit under the shade of the trees." And inventor Thomas Edison. Monsoon season in Hidalgo County This image was captured of the monsoon storm that hit Hidalgo County last Saturday afternoon.The storm brought heavy winds, dust and torrential rainfal south of Lordsburg. Photo courtesy GLENDA GREENE/Lordsburg "It's very beautiful over there?' German social philosopher Karl Marx said "Go on, get out. Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!" I will share my comment on this quote...I dis- agree. One of my favorite general quotes is by legendary Chicago Bears quarterback Sid Luckman who said "I had it all, I did it all, I loved it all" One of my heros, Martin Luther King, Jr., shared in his final speech before being assas- sinated the next day, "I've seen the promised land. And I may not get there with you.. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land...I'm happy to- night. I'm not worried about anything. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord." The most famous last words that were ever spoken were by a man who shared them while dying on a cross almost 2000 years ago. They are sometimes referred to as "the seven last words from the cross." These words are found in the Bible in Matthew 27, and Mark 15, Luke 23, and John 19. Jesus Christ, with nails hav- ing been driven through his body spoke seven statements: "Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do." "Today you will be with me in paradise." "Behold your son: behold your mother. .... My God, my God, why have you for- saken me?" "I thirst." "It is fin- ished." "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." Broken down to the simplest level these words address forgiveness, sal- vation, relationship, abandon- ment, distress, triumph, and re- union. All this as Jesus hung bleeding on a Roman cross. Jesus' words are the most powerful famous last words as they model for us how each of us should live our lives. Any- one who can forgive the very people who are killing him should be a person we listen to. I don't know of any greater model for forgiveness. Eternal life ~hould be im- portant to each of us. Relation- ships are at the core of each of our beings. Each of us experi- ence emotions of abandonment, distress, and triumph in our earthly journey. And, as is shared by many in their last words, the hope of reunion in the after life is a key aspect of a person's final hours. What do you want to be your final words? If a book is written about your life and the title of the book is derived from your final thoughts shared through your final comments, what would they be? My challenge to you today is to begin with the end. Why not? What is the message that you would like to leave behind when you exit your life? You may have the opportunity to choose your final words. Then again, you might not. If your final words were to be shared in a future edition of "Famous Last Words," what would they be? Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit com- ments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@ or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. A Picture From The Past By EDMUND SAUCEDO/Lordsburg Photo courtesy ROBERTA SERVACEifrom the Willard Holt Historic Photo Collection Unidentified individual in front of the Coney Island Caf~ on Railroad Avenue, Lordsburg, circa 1930s. The building with its double storefronts was constructed before 1916 and contained restaurants for many years, including the Coney Island Car6 that served chili dogs of its namesake, and later the Kirby Caf6 & News Stand. The building is empty today and is located between Western Bank and Abeyta's Physical Therapy. It appears from the image that the storefront on the right was a clothing store because of the advertisement "Ready to Wear." The "Super Family from Twiggs County, GA By DR. HOSEZELL BLASH/ Animas Once upon a time a "super family" from a very small town of Jeffersonville, GA, was born. This household was headed by Willie Jonas Hubbard, who worked at Huber Chalk Mine. His lovely wife was Annie Mae Smith Hubbard, who worked in food service in an el- ementary school Neither one fin- ished high school but they were committed to make education a number one prior- ity. And they did. The question has been asked during Jesus' time, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" I would like to ask that same question. Can anything good come out of a small town like Jeffersonville, GA where there is only one traffic light, which is located at Highway 80 and 96. One of its bragging rights is that the county of Twiggs is the geo- graphical center of Georgia. So, can any good thing come out of a small town like Jeffersonville? Come and see. Let history speak for itself. Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard were the proud parents of seven chil- dren. Betty Jean Hubbard Rivers Betty Hubbard Rivers (Tallahassee, FL) and Hosezell Blash is the oldest daughter. She was in the honor society in high school, and I was her advisor. She was the school's announcer for the Tiger's Roar. She received her master's degree in educa- tion. She was the first lady of Dr. Riv- ers at Ft. Valley State University. Dr. Willie Mae Hubbard, a graduate of Meharry Medical College in Nash- ville, TN, is a pedia- trician in Chatta- nooga, TN. She is married to Dr. Tho- mas Brooks III, an obstetrician. Willie Mae was valedicto- rian and I recom- mended she receive a big scholarship. ' She has two daugh- ters who are doctors. Dr. Delores Hubbard Brooks, a graduate of Tuskegee Institute, AL, was "Miss Tuskegee" Queen. She is a dentist in Atlanta. She is married to a dentist, Dr. Roy Brooks. My wife and I taught Delores. Bernice Hubbard Rembert holds a master's degree in educa- tion from Tuskegee Institute. She teaches in A~lanta. I remember training Bernice in dramatics. She was a great actress! Dr. Rose Hubbard also graduated from Tuskegee and is a veterinarian in Baton Rouge, LA. She was enrolled to receive another doctorate degree last I heard. She died before her last accomplishment was achieved. She too was an extraordinary stu- dent. Bennie Hubbard was the only boy in the family. One would think that he had all of the breaks and advantages in life. He was a business graduate of the Univer- sity of Georgia. He worked for State Farm Insurance in Atlanta. He married and later died. While Bennie was in my science class he would read novels while I taught class. But he would always ace my tests. Regina Hubbard, a former student at Twigg County Center for the mentally handicapped, lived with her parents. Regina was well-trained and respected others. She would always wear perfume and take care of her personal needs. Three Hubbard girls brought home eight beauty titles during their school years. Three children were valedictorian of their classes at Twiggs County High School. Their mother told her chil- dren, "Don't worry about what you do not have. Study and work hard to get an education and you will be able to get what you want" The kids took this good ad- vice and helped earn them the title of "Super Family" of Twiggs County. People of Cotton City, Lordsburg and Animas can do the same. Dr. Hosezell Blash ban be reached by email at hosezellblashl We have all the tools to keep your Business We offer Professional Serviees for all aspeets of your small business! 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