2018-06-13 / Community View


Good to see Farmers Market doing so well

Editor’s note: This column by Doris Burke was originally published in June 2015. I am pleased to see my flowers blooming nicely on my porch and near the garage. Surprising how the pretty colors bring a smile when seeing them.

The Farmers Market downtown (Lapeer) is bringing an enthusiastic crowd. They have hanging pots of flowers and flats, besides the produce everyone sees on display. It makes me think of my mother’s garden back on the farm.

I think of the rows of peas, lettuce and carrots — plus those round little radishes that always made me burp after I ate a couple. The carrots always smelled good and after a scrub under the faucet they crunched down in a hurry.

The only time my dad ever gave me a slap on the bottom was when he wanted to plow a space for mother to have her garden. He wanted me to climb up on old Bess, our horse, and keep her on the right path and I didn’t want to. Dad made me think different in a hurry. Anyway, the plowing got done and he gave me a big smile as he lifted me off old Bess’s back. I’m sure I probably needed a slap on the bottom many times over the years, but that was the only time.

Back to the Farmers Market — it was good to see everyone visiting and asking prices down there near the court house.

I see the PIX Theatre has a new wall that is very attractive and is giving the space in between them and Burke’s Flowers a somewhat finished appearance. Hopefully, the flower shop will soon have a new wall also. The store itself inside looks so nice, a real great looking environment to work in and it smells so good and very efficient people work there.

I hear there are some new businesses thinking of coming downtown. That is good news. The restaurants that are now there seem to be busy and the meals are tasty, so, come on down. I understand the roundabout on Lake Nepessing and Davison Road is now ready for people to find their way round and about. I can’t ever remember an accident there when I went to Clover School and after traveling the road in later years. Oh well, a stop light would have been too cheap, had to spend more money I guess.

This bit of humor was sent to me, and being it is near Father’s Day it tells all about a wise daddy.

It’s about a daughter who is texting to her father, you know, the way communication is done by today’s generation.

“Daddy, I am coming home to get married, get out your check book. LOL. I’m in love with a boy who is far away from me. I am in Australia and he lives in Scotland. We met on a dating website, became friends on Facebook, had long chats on WhatsApp. He proposed to me on Skype and now we have a two-month relationship through Viper. My beloved and favorite Daddy, I need your blessing, good wishes and a really big wedding. Lots of love and thanks. Your favorite daughter Lilly.”

Dad’s reply also by texting.

“Dear Lilly, Wow, really? Cool. Whatever. I suggest you two get married on Twitter, have fun on Tango, buy your kids on Amazon and pay for it all through PayPal. And, when you get fed up with this new husband sell him on Ebay. LOL. Lots of love Daddy.”

Best wishes to all from this old gal and keep smiling.

Doris Burke writes “Lapeer Memories” for The County Press. She can be reached at burke.doris@gmail.com.

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