The Richmond Register

February 4, 2013

These things make me proud

By Dick Ham
Register Columnist

RICHMOND — I was just thinking the other day about several things that have happened lately that make me very proud. I know it is always a surprise to my readers when I do a serious column. I hope you will understand why I’m proud.

Christian Lunsford was a young man with very special needs who passed away just a few days ago. Christian had the most infectious smile imaginable. Every time I saw him, he gave me that smile and made me feel as if he was thrilled to see me.

I am proud that I knew Christian. I honestly wonder if there has ever been a youngster with the kind of needs Christian had, who had more genuine love and compassionate care than he received. His parents, Larry and Betty Lunsford, literally invested their lives in him and knowing that also makes me proud. I am proud that they are my friends.

I, like may of you, spent a major portion of the day on Jan. 21, watching televised events from our nation’s capital. One of the things that grabbed my heart and caused me to be very proud was when I heard that gorgeous rendition of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” done by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. It was a very fine arrangement and beautifully done. It brought tears to my eyes.

I watched the parade as my heart swelled with pride when military units and bands marched by. I was very proud when near the end of the parade, the band from Letcher County Central High School marched into sight.

That reminded me of when the Lafayette High School band marched in the Rose Bowl Parade. They too were at the very end. I couldn’t help wondering if the organizers of those parades decided to save the “best for last.”

I’ve been a member of the Richmond Register “family” since the summer of 2000. I was extremely proud when I learned of the numerous awards that were bestowed on the paper Jan. 25 by the Kentucky Press Association. The Register was judged to be second best in Kentucky, compared to other daily papers of comparable circulation. I counted 14 other awards that were won by Register staff members.

Evidently there was not a category for “intellectually stimulating” columns. If that category existed, “Just Thinking” would have certainly received an award. (JUST KIDDING)

Trivia answer

The famous lover, Giovanni Casanova, late in his life, worked as a librarian.

Trivia question

If you are at the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore, what state are you in?

Thought for the day

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?