Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


January 3, 2014

Catching up after the holidays

While it was wonderful having a short break from work during the holidays, it did not turn out to be what we’d expected.

My husband’s mother passed away just days before Christmas. For some reason, losing a loved one at the holidays seems to be even more difficult, and he’d already had his dad passing on New Year’s Eve a few years back. We can see God’s hand of perfect timing in every aspect of those days, difficult as they were. All the prayers for comfort for Will and his brother and sister have been felt, and appreciated.

To look on the bright side, we spent quality time with friends and family members who came to the hospital during those days. We had the annual gathering of his clan in Maypearl the next day, which I believe was also comforting to he and his brother.

But it makes you think.

There are so many senseless tragedies in this world. Often loss of this life we cling to is something far beyond our comprehension. Personally, I have many questions I want to ask the good Lord one day when I get to Heaven.

I will ask for your prayers, however. If you read the Corsicana Daily Sun with any regularity, you may recall a story on Oct. 19, 2013 called “Tiny but Tough.” Megan Gould is a young, pretty, talented wife and mother who runs the Early Childhood Academy at Westminster Presbyterian Church. She was diagnosed at age 28 with breast cancer and underwent a bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction, chemo and radiation.

She shared her story with our readers in hopes it might help save just one life. If someone read her story and made a doctor’s appointment to get themselves checked, she would believe her battle had not been in vain.

I learned recently that little Megan’s struggle is not over. That she is battling that wretched disease again. Please lift her in prayer, as well as her husband, little boy, her family, the doctors, and anyone involved in her care. Our God is the Great Physician, the Great Healer, and He can move mountains.

I also know another dear lady who is battling cancer for either the fourth or fifth time. This beautiful girl is younger than me. I can’t really even wrap my mind around being this tough, but she is. As you keep her in your prayers as well, I ask that you all pray in earnest for an end, a cure, for the disease of cancer. It has claimed far too many.

All our grandbabies and some of our daughters (as well as ourselves) have wrestled with some winter crud of late, as are many around us. I heard of one gentleman who lives alone, and his offspring couldn’t get him on the phone. One went to his home, where they found his door open, his house cold, and him on the floor, suffering from a hideous case of flu.

Be smart, people. If you’re sick and you know it, stay home. Don’t go out infecting others. Don’t go to Walmart and sneeze all over the buggy handles. It’s looking like it’s going to be a rough winter for illness.

And finally, today is a celebration. This afternoon will mark the 90th birthday of Charles Henry Harrison, known for years around these parts as a close personal friend of Santa’s. If you know Charles Henry, stop by the Hampton Inn between 1 and 4 p.m. and tell him Happy Birthday. A nicer man you’ll never meet. A true Corsicana treasure.


Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore magazine. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached via email at Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email:


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