Going to see a movie on a dreary day is relaxing and an adventure at the same time. I love historically correct show or maybe an intense action movie with one of my favorite actors. The trailer for a movie for the most part depicts what the plot will follow. Cath will sometimes go along and watch the movie, but usually she welcomes the opportunity to just do her thing and roam the mall. She rests when she needs to and generally enjoys the freedom and independence to do what she wants to. We have been to several movies that have touched heart strings and brought the occasional tear to our eyes. This is what I call a great movie. When a movies writers and producers have the ability to tug on that inner emotion, it makes you feel something wonderful or terribly sad.
Recently, Jason and his lovely wife Donna went to see one of the movies that was on my “Must See List.” Jas is our eldest son and much more level headed than I am. He is a reflection of what I wish I could have been or rather should have been. I believe that he will be an amazingly wonderful father to the baby we are all anxiously awaiting for this coming spring. I’ve ask you all to keep them in your prayers for their new arrival, please pray without ceasing.
I tell you all this, because my son invited me to go along with him to see the recently released movie entitled “Courageous.” From the get go, I want to say, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters this is wonderful guide to what could be good about families in America and around the world for that matter. God intended for all children to have a Father and a Mother. But parenthood doesn’t come with an instruction manual and even if it did, would we actually read it anyway. We try to emulate what we have seen our parents show us or do the opposite. We even do our own experimenting with what we humans believe is our better options. Many times we fall flat on our faces and have to live with the consequences of our own thoughts and wrong decisions.
“Courageous” the title already gives you an idea about where the plot is going. It takes the courage of a lion to face this world and the wisdom of an owl to direct our flight through it as well. Scholars will tell you that we must be book smart, but I now understand and personally believe we need to be the “Word Smart.” When we know what is expected of us, then we can and will be given the courage to follow through to do the right things in our life time.
Rarely do motion pictures have an emotional connection as this movie did to me. It was an indictment on what is wrong with our families. I don’t want to tell very much about the movie, other than to say it has changed my outlook on the important aspects of what fathers should be toward their sons. My regret is that the teaching points in movies like this are far too rare and far too few. However when they are presented to us in the form that this movie portrays, they can hit you very hard between the eyes and jerk you back to the realities that we as individual families must face. For me now, I have done, what I have done. There is no taking any of that history back. I can only now support and be the best Grandpa, “Pap” I can possibly be to any grandchildren that God blesses us with.
As for the movie, again I say, “If you haven’t seen it yet, try to.” It’ll be the best couple hours you can spend together as father and son. You may learn what your true priorities are.
Cedar Creek 2011
I’ll be sixty in the spring and sometimes I really feel it. This weekend we did the 147th anniversary of the “Battle of Cedar Creek.” The weather was sunny and warm, with a brisk wind. We had a light rain shower about 2:00am Saturday morning. I know this because I’m a very light sleeper and every little change in background alerts me. When we awoke Saturday morning for 7:00am roll-call and morning report, our pioneer reported that he had gotten up and covered the wood pile and was being hit by tiny drop of sleet. At 10:00am we do morning parade followed by orders for the day. However, this day also included a report that one of our follow re-enactors had died during the night. We don’t know all the circumstances surrounding this 51 year old artillery man, but are still saddened by his passing. Even though I didn’t know the man personally we are still affected by the event and we remembered him with a ceremony that the soldiers did back then. It’s call “Mourn Arms.” What we do is to slowly rotate our rifle from the shoulder arms position, place the end of the barrel on the end of your shoe and place left hand over the butt plate of the rifle, right hand over left, then place your chin on your right hand in a prayerful manner for a brief time of mourning your loss.
This has prompted me to realize that when we do the Memorial Day next spring. We will enter the Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery with the proper order of arms. We will “Mourn Arms” and “Stand on Arms.” It is the way we should have been doing it, and for that I apologize.
150 Years Ago
The land “Battle of Ball’s Bluff” near Leesburg, Virginia occurs on the 21st of October. Union forces lose over 900 men in a badly coordinated attempt to cross the Potomac River at Harrison’s Island. Also this week ‘The Battle of Camp Wildcat” in Kentucky. “The Battle of Fredericktown, “Missouri and “The Battle of Springfield,” Missouri on the 25th 1861. Juniata County has no casualties during any of these battles.
Last week I thanked Commissioner Dale Shelley for his support in trying to convince the other board members that placement of a permanent memorial wall was the right thing to do. This week he supported us with a $100.00 gift. “Thank You!” again Dale.
Watch in the next couple weeks for an announcement about a holiday fashion show that we are planning; the time and location to be determined. The community has supported the “Christmas Home Tour” and we’re hoping these same ladies and gentlemen will enjoy our version by show you an 1860’s home town Christmas.
If you are able, Please make check payable to the JCRA and address it to me at 968 Airport Drive Mifflintown, Pa. This is an income tax deduction as we are a 501c non-profit corporation. Thank You for your consideration… Be safe out there and enjoy the fall foliage …
Donald E. Husler Jr. 968 Airport Drive, Mifflintown, Pa. 17059-8414