Mad Jack Hanks: Tales From The O-NO Ranch 8-26-13 |

Mad Jack Hanks: Tales From The O-NO Ranch 8-26-13

My children and their children were here at “Grandpa’s” house for the weekend. Families are wonderful units when there is harmony and love within that unit. There is much love and harmony in our little family unit. My children are such loving and sensible kids as are their spouses.

I continue to learn from each and every visit and time that I get to share with them. My youngest grand children are 12 and the oldest is about to turn 18. My, my, my, where have the years gone and why did they have to pass so fast?

When “Little Miss Martha” could still whisper her concerns to me, she asked with tears in her eyes, “Who will take care of my grand babies?”

Grandmas want to always be there to love, to give and to share with their grandkids. I assured her that I would always be there for them in her place and that I would always do what I thought she would want done. I have done my best and I am so proud of each and every one of the six that I am blessed with.

Gentle readers, I find myself being blessed whenever I watch “Duck Dynasty” on the “telly.” What a fun bunch of folks that adore one another in their own whimsical way. They always end their weekly series with the family, all of them, and there is a bunch of them, seated at the dinner table saying a prayer before they eat and share with one another. That is a message, in my humble opinion, that we need in our fractured society today. There seems to be so many families that are in trouble these days that maybe if they could share that evening meal together with a prayer and express a longing for a bind that would hold them closer than ever.

I have shared a few meals with my cowboy companions around a camp fire and though we didn’t share what the traditional family might share, the bond was much the same. I bet many of you who camp, hunt or fish or all of the above, have memories of your family around a camp fire and the peace and joy that it brought you knowing the stress of your daily lives was some distances away. Many kids join gangs or live on the street because that is where they find a family that takes an interest in them. That’s sad but it happens just the same.

Take a little free advice from an old cowboy that has been blessed with the joys of having family always at the ready in time of need. Take time to invest all the energy required into those that you love and be nice to someone tomorrow just for the heck of it.

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion, cherish your freedom, and I’ll c y’all, all y’all. ❖

Mad Jack Hanks

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