“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’ ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.’”
— Harmon Killebrew, major league baseball player, 1954-1975
OK, let’s just first state the obvious. Tomorrow is Father’s Day.
(Whoops, we hadn’t even written a dozen words when we made an almost inexcusable faux pas.) Sure, there is a “going back” clause with this job, but that’s the easy way, something of which most fathers wouldn’t approve. Of course, we certainly could move the cursor back up to the first line and change tomorrow to Sunday. The rule is clear on this sort of thing — in newspaper writing, you don’t write yesterday, and you don’t write tomorrow. You write the day of the week. Actually you aren’t supposed to use second person pronouns, either. So now what are we going to do?
We can’t stop because of our own stupid mistakes and if we correct them now, we’ll need to find a whole new beginning just to get where we are already. And it wasn’t real easy to get here, it already being a hair past deadline and all.
Here’s the deal, anyway. We’re talking about today. It’s Saturday — gonna be all day. And we’ve got plenty to do, too, it being the day before Father’s Day and the day after Juneteenth (though the celebration continues) and — come to think of it — we’re going to have to have the summer solstice, the official first day of summer, which is either today, or tomorrow, whichever official calendar you (did it again) choose to follow. Anyway, for the sake of keeping the momentum, let’s just focus. OK? Take a deep breath, smile, and say to yourself or anyone who might be listening, “Hey, how about we make today a great day.”
We think we can.
One good way to have a great day is to have a parade. And how about this? The local, traditional, Juneteenth parade steps off from the coliseum at 11 a.m. If you want to come watch, then just be downtown, waving, and it will pass you by. But if you’re the kind of person who’s a parade marcher, a float rider or (for goodness sakes) a baton twirler then you show up at the coliseum at 10 a.m. with your baton, float, costume and marching boots, and you can be in the parade.
Too shy to try? Don’t be for a minute. Call Michael Kelly at at 642-9178 and he’ll encourage you.
And, by the way, the parade’s only the beginning. The fun and celebration goes on all day and into the night at Cecil Holman Park. There’s games, fun, bands, music, talent shows and the “Juneteenth Idol” finale. There’s food vendors — like catfish sandwiches and Frito pie — maybe a little softball or basketball court action. Stuff’s happening everywhere, so come to the parade, and the park, and enjoy.
Got a couple of benefit sales going on, raising money for good causes.
From 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., the First Mexican Baptist Church, at 1709 Early Blvd., will be having a rummage sale. Come shop for clothes of all sizes, collectibles, toys, dishes, holiday decor, furniture and more.
And the Bangs Boys Scouts are holding a sale, starting at 8 a.m., in the parking lot of Dr. Steve Hogan’s office, at 1901 Coggin Ave.
A few more for the list
•The Gustine Rodeo Club will be hosting a truck and tractor pull, sanctioned by the Texas Truck and Tractor Pulling Association. There will be a free Kiddie Tractor Pull beginning at 6:30 p.m. for age divisions 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8. Pit Party from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Any entries for the Local Farm Tractor, Gas and Diesel categories can register 6-8 p.m. TTTPA Pull Start Time 8 p.m. with local entries following. Admission is $10 per person and children 10 and under are admitted for free. Concessions are available.
•The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday at St. John’s Church, on Main and Depot, for open dance practice. Cost is $2 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for information.
•The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m. and the club’s regular country musical from 6 to 10 p.m. Listen to the talents of area musicians and singers. Snack bar will be open serving homemade ice cream and hamburgers. No alcohol is allowed on the premises or in the building.