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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015 7 Just A Thought Will you be my valentine, now and forever? By RICK KRAFT The elderly couple was driv- ing down the country road in their old pickup truck when a they saw a young couple in a shiny new pickup coming to- wards them from the other direction. The young man was driv- ing 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 behind 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 possi- bly 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 movea!" Tomorrow couples across our community 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 in our community to celebrate long relationships. They will loose their cherished spouse of many decades 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 thaf 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 headed out the door for work I 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 F 1 Rick Kraft have a special lady to return to at the end of the day. To keep the same Valentine year after year takes a couple growing together. This is the chal- lenge for every couple. Growth. Growth together. Often people change Valentines because one or both choose not to grow. Sometimes one or both choose to grow apart, not together. Each summer for many years our daughter Kelsey went to Kanukuk, a Christian athletic camp outside Branson, Missouri. She attended as a participant, then she returned several years as a coun- selor. The camp's director is au- thor and speaker Joe White. Many summers 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 how 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 as they grow. Both growing at the same pace as they live their lives, but together growing as one into the sky. I got engaged on Valentine's Day thirty-one years ago. When I proposed to Tanya it was a spe- cial evening; the only time that I have asked a woman to be my 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 thirty-one years later. My Valentine in 1984 is my best friend today. ! pray that we will be able to enjoy Valentine's Days together for thirty more years ahead. We shouldn't take Valentine's Day for granted as we never know the fu- ture. Many special 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 2015. Who is that special person in your life? Do you take them for granted? What drew the two of you together? If there were 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 and special Valentine Tanya a Happy Valentine's Day. To sub- mit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkrafi@kraftand hunter.corn or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, NM, 88202-0850. Leffers to the Editor The Hidalgo County Herald urges readers to voice their opinions by writ- ing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Mo- tel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to hcherald @ aznex .net. Letters should include ideas, viewpoints, criticism and news analysis that encourage discussion on issues that have an impact on the community. Facts must be annotated. Letters that contain information that cannot be easily verified, libelous statements or name calling will be rejected. Letters should be no longer than 250 words. An author may have a letter or guest opinion every 30 days. Thank You Dear Editor, For the first time in several years the Dugan-Tarango Middle School hosted a boys' basketball tournament on January 31, 2015 and hosted 16 teams. The tour- nament was a success and many of the coaches and officials complimented us on how well the tournament was run. We also got many compliments on how good the food was in the hospitality room. I want to give a big "THANK YOU' to the coaches, staff members, community mem- bers., parents and especially to the kids for helping us have such a successful tournament. I also want to thank the parents who helped run our concession stand. It is because of great people in our community that Lordsburg is able to host such an event and have it be a success. Leo Garcia Dugan-Tarango Middle School, Principal from Hidalgo Medical & Dental Services 00Cba00k gou far su00ortmy our 2015 If you have a medical emergency while we are closed, please Dial 911 immediately For non-emergencies please call UNM- NurseAdvice Hot Line when HMS is closed and at 575-542-8384 and a nurse from the NurseAdvice Hotline may answer your non-emergency health questions 530 E. DeMoss Street Lordsburg, NM 88045 575-542-8384 Toll Fres 888-271-3596 HMS is a state and federally funded organization that provides health related services to the uninsured and underinsured based on a slidin fee scale. M/F/H/V A Picture From The Past Rv EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg m_7n O00:mor/::m iii i   , ,    Aurora Verdugo (Saucedo) - photo taken in 1928 at age 18. Feb. 15, 1910 -Aug. 27, 1969 Aurora Verdugo was born in Hachita, NM to Petra Varela and Valente Verdugo. At about the age of two, she and her family relocated to Valedon, NM, a mining community south of Lordsburg. In 1930, she met Heriberto A. Saucedo and were married on September 10, 1933, during the Great Depression. In spite of the difficult economic conditions, together they took the risk of embarking on a venture of starting a grocery business in Lordsburg that grew from a one-room operation to a modern day supermarket that is still serving the local community. The couple raised a family of six, all graduates of Lordsburg High School. Fast Approval I00Build Your Credit I00No Checking Account Needed I00No Hassles Call Us Today! Apply in person on coil ahead! R, nYstreet Lord a !l ' Call today! 575-542-