One of my earliest childhood memories is of Sunday School at our family's tiny rural church, Ione Methodist Church. Grandaddy was a carpenter, so not only did he help build the church, he built the pulpit.
Ione Church is down the red dirt road from Grandaddy's house. The last time we went "home", the pulpit, which was close to 100 years old, was still in use. Only two major changes seemed to have taken place in over 50 years: my perspectives and the installation of an indoor restroom.
It seemed so fitting to have Bobby and Bonnie to begin their adventures where I began mine. The upper image is purchased from Shutterstock.com for the chapter title page in my book Life with Bobby and Bonnie, and the lower one is a personal snapshot of Ione Church. As much as I wanted to use Ione Church's name in the chapter, the editor thought it just wouldn't work. Sad, but it did nothing to dim my precise and poignant memories.
"Bonnie looked absolutely beautiful in the new hat she and Mama had made. She had really enjoyed it when Mama let her pick out the ribbon and flowers to go on it. Bonnie was very proud of her work and how lovely everyone said she looked in it." (excerpt from" Bobby and Bonnie Go to Sunday School," Life with Bobby and Bonnie, Copyright © 2014 by Alice V. Walters, Xulon Press).
I may not have worn hats to Sunday School, but Mama was a seamstress and she made my sister and me the prettiest dresses! I can still feel my arms cut through the air and the breeze tease my legs as I twirled around as fast as I could, my skirt and petticoat gently lifting. The good old hymns, "Bringing in the Sheaves", "When We All Get to Heaven", linger in my ears. My fingertips graze the sides of the high stone tables in the church yard as I tried to stretch up to see the banquet spread upon them. The earthy blend of sweet wildflowers and the outhouse across the road tingles my nostrils. I tried to capture the joy and sensory images I experienced through Bobby and Bonnie's first outing.
I hope you will join Bobby, Bonnie and me as begin our journey. It's my sweetest and truest gift to you. My prayer is that you will choose to share this gift with children whose lives are frequently tumultuous, at best, and all too often, tragic.
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