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by Syd Iwan
Motion catches the eye. Which of us hasn’t been trailing cattleacross the prairie only to have yourattention drawn to a coyote streak-ing away to safer quarters? Maybeinstead it was a deer or rabbitbouncing away or a grouse flyingup right in front of you. Even if you’ve never trailed cattle or beenon a horse, the same principle ap-plies to just taking a walk or driv-ing down the road. If somethingmoves, you tend to see it.What’s more, once you’ve noticedsomething in motion, you mightcontinue to gaze at it if it’s inter-esting. Lots of times I’ve paused tolook at deer leaping over fences.They’re quite graceful and enjoy-able to watch. Rabbits playing inthe yard are similar. They oftenrace around playing tag, or theymight jump straight up into the airas if scared to death which theyaren’t. They’re just having fun. A horse running full tilt is pleasingto see as well –strength and graceall at the same time. Little calvesgamboling about in the springtimeare nifty too.People are often fun to observe,and sometimes I have trouble notstaring. That is supposedly impo-lite. Have you even noticed thatyoung men tend to strut a bit, es-pecially those of the cowboy per-suasion? Dress a young fellow incowboy boots, spurs, jeans, cowboyshirt and hat, and they’re apt tostrut. Other times they saunterand act really cool. Noticing eithercan bring a smile to my face.Then you have the graceful peo-ple. They move as if doing somekind of slow dance. Women are abit better at this than men, butsome men have an easy grace aswell. I remember noticing a youngfellow shinny up a tall auger oneday. He did it quickly and effort-lessly. I just stared in appreciationat the strength and agility that al-lowed him to do it.How about watching kids on aplayground? They’re apt to be run-ning, jumping, chasing each other,screaming, laughing and havingsuch a grand time. It helps one toremember that it’s okay to havefun from time to time. Sometimeswe forget how to do that and needa reminder.This is not to say that all motionis attractive. Take slithering, forexample. Unless you are a majorfan of snakes, you might not carefor slithering. Snakes tend to creepme out so noticing their movementdoes nothing for me except to sendme running for a hoe to beheadthem and stop them from movingever again. My moves in killingsnakes might not be that great toexamine either since they are aptto be hard and fast and perhapswith just a touch of loathing ormaybe a dram or two of panic.Crab-like locomotion is some-what disturbing too. Why can’tthose that use it walk straight likeeveryone else? Fluttering, of course, can occasionally get onyour nerves such as when millerscircle repeatedly around a light orin your face. You usually just wantto shout, “Stop that!” If they don’t,you may be somewhat prone tograbbing a swatter or newspaperand making them quit.Some people enjoy seeing objectstravel at high speeds such as youmight find at the NASCAR races.It doesn’t do much for me, eitherwhen seeing it or doing it. It’s finewith airplanes since they need acertain amount of forward move-ment to keep themselves fromdropping out of the sky. Vehiclesdon’t have that rationale. I recall afew years ago when I drove 95MPH for about 15 miles on thefreeway trying to keep up with anambulance containing my son andwife. Going that fast made me de-cidedly nervous. I wasn’t used to it. After a bit I decided I’d rather getto the hospital safely than not atall and slowed down to more man-ageable levels. Since then, I’vebeen fairly content with the 75MPH freeway speed limit with oc-casional downhill bursts to 78.Anyway, to get the full effect of my hypothesis that motion attractsthe eye, you probably should gooutside now and sit on the porch ordeck for a bit. I’d bet you willmostly look at things that are mov-ing such as birds in the air, vehi-cles driving close by or in the dis-tance, floating clouds, grass rip-pling in the breeze, people and crit-ters moving about, and the like.Sometimes it’s fun to just sit andwatch the world go by. Give it atry. You might like it.
Eye of an angel
... by Del Bartels
The little girl was full of joy and fear, as her father held her underher arms and raised her high over his head. She could just reach thetop of the Christmas tree. Her arms outstretched, she lowered the conelike robe of the antique ornament over the top branch. The girl neverforgot how the light glistened off of the porcelain angel’s eyes.As years went by, she didn’t realize how the two of them struggled.Compared with two parent families, their Christmases were almostbare. The tree itself was often a gift from a landowner who let themcut it down. The girl loved going with her father to get it. Afterward,the hot chocolate helped rewarm her tingling feet and numb fingers.Gifts were mostly needed clothing, but there was always somethingfor her that was handmade by father. As her birthdays grew, thosegifts changed from wooden dolls and miniature furniture to a lovinglymade hope chest.The Christmas of her last year in high school, she gracefully bal-anced on a chair to place the tree’s angel. College, even with all herhard-earned grades, savings, scholarships and loans, would be a pennypinching trial. In exchange for everything that he could spare, her fa-ther insisted she simply do well. She had to bum rides from classmatefriends, but she got back each Christmas to be father.She fell in love. The wedding present from father was the Christmasornament angel; she cried. The couple lived so far away, but a fewyears later, he could visit over Christmas and he seemed so happy thatshe was expecting. He had brought her cherished dolls and miniaturefurniture, each carefully resanded and repainted. A few years later,though his hands were growing less sure and nimble, she was so proudwhen he held his granddaughter up so she take her turn at being theone to place the porcelain angel on the tree.A son was born. Years went by. Visits from father and to father’splace were precious. Her husband and she did well, which seemed tocause her father to walk a bit lighter. Still, his handmade gifts forChristmas were better than all the lavish and extravagant packagesunder the tree. Her own children grew and began their own lives.The time had come. Her father would make no more gifts. He wouldno longer raise a child, nor watch anyone else raise a child, to placethe angel at the top of the Christmas tree.She sat in the spacious living room, with so much family all around.She joyfully handed to her children and grandchildren decorations forthem to put on the tree. Finally, only the porcelain angel remained.Gingerly taking it, her son gently put it in the hands of his tiny daugh-ter, who showed joy and fear at being raised so high. She stretched outand lowered the cone like robe of the angel over the top branch.Granddaughter, grandmother, angel ... everyone else noted how thelight glistened off of her eyes.
LADIES’ PRAYER BREAKFAST …
Monday, December 3, 7:00a.m. at the Senechal Apts. lobby in Philip. Devotions will be shar-ing. All ladies welcome.
CORNERSTONE RESCUE MISSION WINTER NEEDS …
Boxes are located at all churches in Philip and Midland, St. Mary’sCatholic Church in Milesville, Okaton Community Church,Belvidere Community Church and the Presbyterian church inKadoka. See this week’s ad for further details.
MILESVILLE VFD ANNUAL MEETING …
Monday, December10, 7:00 p.m. at the west side fire hall in Milesville. Everyone wel-come.
COMMUNITY BETTERMENT COMMITTEE …
Annual Christ-mas Lighting Contest. Judging for three places will begin at 6:00p.m. Sunday, December 23. Call Darlene Matt at 859-2077 to nom-inate a display, and don’t forget to turn your lights on!
HAAKON COUNTY CROONER CHRISTMAS CONCERTSCHEDULE …
December 2, Kadoka Catholic Church, 1:30 p.m.,Wall Community Center, 4:30 p.m. December 16, Philip NursingHome, 1:30 p.m., Philip Courthouse, 4:00 p.m. Everyone welcome.
To have your NON-PROFIT meeting listed here, please sub-mit them by calling: 859-2516, or e-mailing to: ads@pioneer-review. com. We will run your event notice the twoissuespriortoyoureventat no charge.
Dear Editor,I was reading Blast from thePast 84 years ago, when I cameacross a line in the third paragraphthat tickled my funny bone.The newsperson was relatingthat friends had gathered to give anewly wed couple a “rousing chari-var.” I’m quite sure they meantchivaree.Merriam Webster had no listingfor charivari. Even so, I think I’d bea little hesitant in rousing one.Jeanie WaaraPhilip, SD
(We strive to leave the originalspellings from those stories for their“flavor.”) The Pioneer Review staff