By Rose Klein
Greene Publishing, Inc.
In this past month, two ladies who attend the Senior Center in Greenville celebrated birthdays, with friends, food and of course, birthday cake.
Betty Johnson was in the center’s kitchen, making sure there was lunch for all who attended, but was called from kitchen duty, so friends could sing “Happy Birthday” to her. After thanking everybody for the good wishes, Johnson was back to the kitchen, to help serve everyone lunch.
Matilda Thomas was the other “birthday girl” and although her cake had already been cut and happy birthday wishes sang, she wanted to be able to give thanks in her own words, and here they are:
Down through the years, God has been good to me. I have a living mother, Catherine Jinks, who, on Feb. 1, turned 98 years old. On Feb. 15, I turned 83 years old. To have a living mother at this stage of my life is a blessing. I also have 13 children, 40 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
I am blessed to still be healthy and strong. I am able to take care of myself, grow my own vegetables, mow my yard and attend church regularly all while I take care of my grandson.
I spend time helping the community. I volunteer for the Madison School District because education is key. Our youth needs a voice and I choose to speak.
I have lived a full life, putting God first every step of the way. I look forward to watching my family grow and receive the blessings God has in store. I don’t drink or smoke. I feel great about myself and one day, I will meet the Creator of life in Heaven because He is first in my life.