There is this old Moody Blues tune I have always loved, "Tuesday Afternoon" and I hear it all the time now on a commercial. Well, that little ditty is floating through my mind as I reflect on last Tuesday's visit to Lake Claiborne, LA.
Josh, Jim and I have been blessed to get to know a lot of special people since moving to Louisiana and one such person is Miss Yvonne. We met her about nineteen years ago when she was our Sunday school teacher. Her warm hospitable southern charm and her love for Jesus won us over right away. She always knew/knows just the right scripture to comfort, instruct, yes and even rebuke when needed.
Her KJV Bible, which was well worn twenty years ago, still sits right next to her chair and is within easy reach whenever she needs it...and she does need it for so many things. She uses it as a weapon against the devil's attempts to destroy her faith, or when she is praying and needs just the right scripture to speak to the Father, or when she needs comforting or to give comfort. There have been many times when she goes to her Bible looking for answers and instruction. She knows her way around it so skillfully it makes me ashamed of myself. Each year she reads through it and each year she finds gems of truth she has never noticed before.
Miss Yvonne has a lot of talents and one is crocheting. She made a beautiful afghan for Josh and Randi when they got married four years ago and also made one for Jim and I ....just because. She made a beautiful little blue one for our newest grand, Frazier James. They are always perfect and we love to cuddle up under them when the damp, cold Louisiana winters roll round. She has a couple she's made from LSU colors if you are interested in making a purchase. Her prices can't be beat.
We hadn't been to see her in a while so we called and she said, "comeon" and she promised a tasty lunch. We (Jim, Sophie and I ) left when it was pouring rain and headed for the lake. I thought it might be crazy, but I knew she would be praying for us to have a safe trip and knew it would be ok....and it was. When we arrived about 12:30 it had just stopped raining. After our delicious lunch of cabbage and sausage soup, cantaloupe, tomatoes, hot water corn bread, sweet tea and fig cake with home made whipped cream, we made it out onto her porch. The porch faces the lake and the temp had dropped and there was a steady breeze.
We sat there and talked about every topic imaginable. She shared with us a book she was reading and loving and read a couple chapters aloud. We never run out of conversation on Mrs. Yvonne's porch and time seems to stop.
Looking at our watches for the first time since we got there we were shocked to see it was nearly 6 PM! Sadly we needed to get going. Sophie who harbors ill will toward all cats spent the afternoon watching Lukey on the back of Miss Yvonne's chair and finally decided she was never going to get off that dang chair and we might as well head home to where her dinner bowl was waiting to be filled.
We packed up her dog toys, water bowl, and blanket...haha it is worse than having a baby...and we said our goodbyes. Our tummys were still full, but our hearts and spirits were even fuller for having been there. It was just a lovely Tuesday afternoon! Thank you, Miss Yvonne!