The Norman Transcript

Opinion

July 5, 2014

An old path made new

NORMAN — Old paths make good neighbors. Paths worn down from years of visiting or to borrow or return, to bring veggies from a home garden or for nothing at all but to visit.

Clare’s feet knew the way. She needed a cup of flour to finish her cake. “Donna, I’m letting myself in,” at her neighbor’s door. “I need some flour. Helping myself.”

Donna comes in with a towel around her head. “What kind of cake?” she asks.

“That shampoo sure smells good. Just making a chocolate cake for the family picnic.”

“Take some shampoo in a fruit jar and see if you like it. I get it through the mail.”

Grandfather Martin knows when winter comes the paths will be covered by ice and snow. So he makes good use of them in the summer. “Brought you some of my cucumbers,” he tells his neighbor three houses away. “Raised some really good ones this year. I know how your kids love these things.” He lays his fruit of the vine on the cabinet.

“Those look great, Papa Martin. Here, take some of our tomatoes.” His neighbor fills his bucket with ripening tomatoes from her windowsill. “Are you going to visit your kids soon? You might take more, some for them.”

“Haven’t decided,” Martin answers. “Depends on whether my lumbago clears up in time. I’ll bring you okra later on.”

Precious times were those when paths brought all the neighbor kids together. Days when homework from school wasn’t the only thing kids did at home.

“Play ball!” Ralph screams. “It’s my time to choose the game we play.”

“Fine. Then I get to choose who’s first on my team.”

“After that, let’s play ante over,” another says.

“By then we’ll have go in and do chores.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
  • State is No. 2 in barbecue

    Americans love the marriage of smoke, fire and meat, but geography plays a part in how strong the passion is. Estately Blog has created a map charting which states are home to the most barbecue enthusiasts. Oklahoma comes in at No. 2 in ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Community Action mostly closed due to cutbacks

    Editor, The Transcript: The Community Action, at 1155 E Main St. in Norman, for decades has served Cleveland County with the following everyday services: a food pantry, short-term housing for the homeless, providing rides for those without ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Keep guns off campus

    Some Oklahoma lawmakers just won’t let the issue of allowing handguns on campus to go away. A joint legislative study will take a look at campuses around the nation to see if there is a way to accommodate faculty, staff and students who ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Improving children’s lives

    Social service organizations that have long-term debt for their headquarters and operating needs often spend much of their fundraising efforts meeting those obligations....

    July 29, 2014

  • Nutritional article should be accurate

    I read with interest the July 13 article “Are low-carb diets really healthy?” by Cassidie Day. Unfortunately, a number of statements in this article were incorrect. The first problematic statement was, “Carbs are an essential nutrient ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Hospital story headline was too sensationalized

    Editor, The Transcript: On July 18, The Transcript ran a front page article with the headline “Lawsuit filed against Norman Regional — Civil suit alleges improper billing practices by NRH and contracted physicians groups.” As a first page ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Congress should close gaps

    Of all of Edward Snowden’s revelations about electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency, the most unsettling was that the government was accumulating vast numbers of records about the telephone calls of American citizens. In ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Border obsession overlooks trade

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry made headlines recently by ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. This bravado comes at a price: $12 million a month. Perry plans to send the bill the federal government. That’s one way to finance your ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Intercession badly needed in this world

    Yesterday was my feast day, or as the Italians call it, my “onomastico.” Since I live in the United States, it went completely unnoticed. If I lived in Italy, however, I would have been showered with cards and phone calls. That’s because ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Help better than commentary

    For the last seven years, I have helped run Hands Helping Paws, an animal welfare and rescue group that fosters Norman’s abandoned animals and advocates for spay and neuter initiatives to reduce our community’s problems with stray and ...

    July 27, 2014