Tuesday was the primary election. For weeks leading up to the election including the morning of election my answering machine was full of prerecorded campaign speeches. Each candidate said they were the best person for the job and if they say so, it must be so. All this reminded me of a joke I was heard.
While walking down the street one day, a U.S. Senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter. “Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high ranking official around these parts you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”
“No problem, just let me in,” said the Senator.
“Well, I’d like to but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity,” gently replied the Gatekeeper.
“Really, I’ve made up my mind and I want to be in heaven,” answered the Senator.
“I’m sorry, but we must abide by our rules,” firmly declared St. Peter.
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he descends into hell. When the door finally opens, he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had previously worked with him. Everyone is very happy and dressed in evening attire. They run to greet him, shake his hand and reminisce about the good times they had while becoming wealthy at the expense of the people. They played a friendly game of golf and dined on lobster, caviar and champagne. Also present is the devil who actually is a friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time, that before the Senator realizes it, it’s time to go. Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves as the elevator rises. As the elevator ascends and the door opens, St. Peter is there waiting and says, “Now it’s time to visit heaven.”
So, 24 hours passed while the Senator enjoys himself by joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing harps and singing. Again, before he realizes, his time is up and St. Peter returns and asks, “Well, after spending a day in hell and a day in heaven, where do you choose to spend eternity?” The senator reflects for a minute then answers, “Well, I would have never said it before—I mean heaven has been delightful—but I think I would be better off in hell.”
So, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator where he descends into hell. As the elevator door opens, the Senator notices that he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees his friends, dressed in rags, placing trash into black bags as it falls from above. The devil arrives to greet him. “I don’t understand,” stammers the Senator. “Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course with a clubhouse. We ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne and danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?”
The devil looks at him and smilingly replies, “Yesterday we were campaigning. Today you voted.”
Congratulations to Versailles High School 2014 Royalty; Brooke Wehrkamp and Joe Graves who were crowned queen and king at last weekend’s Prom. Also congratulations to St. Denis’ Senior Prom queen and king; Peggy Borgerding and Don “Mushy” Marchal.
Congratulations to Megan Ward and Caroline Prakel who have been selected to represent the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary Post #435 at Buckeye Girls State in mid June and to the Versailles FFA for their recent accomplishments at the state level.
Upcoming Events: It’s not to late to participate in the Zumbathon(R) Charity Event held tonight at 6 p.m. Get your dancing shoes on and head to the YMCA to join in the fun. You can even catch a burger on the run at the Vets Club tonight.
Sunday is Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful mothers this world has known. Whether your mother is living or deceased may you honor her in your own special way. The Inn of Versailles will have a brunch from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Reservations are encouraged. The Stillwater Valley Golf Club is also having a Mother’s Day Buffet from 10:45 am - 12:15 p.m. and again 12:30 - 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or save a couple of dollars by calling for presale tickets at 526-3041. Also Sunday, there is a pork loin dinner at the K of C Hall. For tickets call Bob Dircksen at (937) 638-2196.
Happy birthday wishes to Rick Berger, Ivan Baltes, Matthew Gibbons, Jason Keihl, John Hilgefort, Emily Harman, Kathy Heitkamp, Rebecca Liette, Ginny Moorman, Polly Grow, Rebecca Pohl, Rosie Koverman and Ed Ruhe. Happy Anniversary to Chris and Jenny Hamilton (12), Missy and Mike Moeller, Colleen and Dan Hayes (36), Jeanne and Brad Miller (41), and Kathy and George Subler (50).
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Tyrone Gasper, Amy Mills, Marlene Zumberger, Peg Bundy, Carol Larger, Rusty Whittaker, Brain Voisard, Dick Francis, Samantha Smith, Lauren Harman and all those in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
My sincere sympathy to the families and friends of Betty Bigham and Tim Sloan, also remembering the lives of Bill Harman, Lucille Lee, Pauline Schmiesing, Phillip Grillot, Edith Brandt, Margaret Streib, Michael Dapore, Roger Mangen, Joan Barga, Josephine Stephan, Gene and Betty Meyer, Ruth Oliver, Phyllis Albritton, Ruth Gaier, John McGreevy, Mildred Boyer, Charles Berger, Edith Crooks, Glen Shappie, Lucille Coffield, Norma Rinderle, and John Todd as the anniversary of their passing nears.
Hello to Brian Voisard, Rosemary and Jerry Paulus, Pat DeMange, Bev Mabbitt, Joan Kunk, Betty Kremer, Jackie Briscoe, Kim Borchers, Heather Luebke, and Tom Eilerman.
“A mother is she who can take the place of all those but whose place no one else can take.” ~Cardinal Mermillod
“Mothers and daughters are closest when daughters become mothers.” ~Unknown
“A Mother holds her children’s hands for a while, but their hearts forever.” ~Unknown
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.