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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • ALBERTA ANDERS: What legacy will you leave?

  • The big owl sits in the top of the sycamore overlooking Big Sugar Creek.
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  • The big owl sits in the top of the sycamore overlooking Big Sugar Creek. Is he watching the activity, always busy, on the creek banks or my birds at the bird feeder? Such a glorious morning, the 'sarvice berry' tree is in full bloom now (named that, I'm told because early settlers found it difficult to dig graves in the winter. Once the service berry tree was in bloom, services could be held and graves dug.
    I listen to television and radio for weather forecast but I also watch the birds. I find that if the rain is going to be brief they hide out in their nests – no need to bring damp feathers inside, but if it's a protracted wet weather they venture out and partake of the feast.
    Today, the first week of April, I put away my bird feeders. I will scatter sunflower seed in the yard and enjoy the mourning doves and cardinals for a while but only for a while. Soon they will have to depend upon what nature provides. The neighborhood cats will have to look elsewhere for their dessert, as will the big old owl in the sycamore.
    My mother went to heaven a year ago this last January but what a legacy she left. Everywhere I look bulbs are blooming, our hill is covered with grape hyacinth from the house all the way down to the creek. Just a few were planted and they have spread, a breathtaking purple bank. Everywhere I look I am reminded of her favorite pasttime. Her ambition, she often proclaimed, was to be allowed to work in God's gardens. Her legacy challenges me, what will I leave behind to be remembered by? Tall healthy trees line the properties where she once lived. Planted and nurtured by her and today, an important part of the terrain.
    Zeke Emanuel writes in this week's Time magazine about himself and his brothers in "Brothers Emanuel." As the older brother of Rahm, the mayor of Chicago and Ari, an extremely successful talent agent, he is a bioethicist. What a legacy on the part of their parents.
    Good friends of mine have just finished 80 some quilts to be given away. My niece captures captivating scenery on canvas and shares it. What would you like to be remembered for? Sometimes it's just a kindness, some patience, or just time is needed, someone who cared and showed it.
    A beloved aunt who is no longer with us gave me some golden advice years ago. As she was gently going into her dotage she challenged me with: "If there is something you want to do, something you want to read, something you want to see, don't put it off, do it while you can, don't wait!" Good advice. Is there a legacy you would like to be remembered by? Now is the time.
    Page 2 of 2 - For next month, however, I hope you have marked your calendar for May 25-27 when the McDonald County Historical Society is inviting you to share a memorable weekend. A three day affair that will include music and food, horseshoe contest, raffling off of the ticket for DOUG HALL's framed print of his Eastern Woodland Native American painting and much, much more. Go to info@mcdonaldcohistory.org or write to P.O. Box 572, Pineville, 64856 – watch this paper for more information.
    Alberta Anders writes a weekly column for the Daily News.

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