CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME

AUGUST 12, 2010

From this Chair...

By Cloann McNall

   While clearing off my desk I found a note from former resident Arlene Anderson referring to a New’ year’s resolution I had published several years ago.

   In it I resolved to find a husband who will let me do what I want, when I want to do it with no questions asked.

   Arlene wrote “I thought here’s a lady who knows what she wants in a husband!! So-o- now that you’re married does thus still hold?”

   Yes, Arlene, my off-the-wall resolution was fulfilled when I married the Phantom two years ago. I had no hopes whatsoever that the resolution could ever come true. I wasn’t even looking.

   I refer to him as the Phantom as after being single for 25 years out of nowhere came this handsome, sophisticated, intelligent successful man striding into my life. After two years of getting to know each other we were married two years ago in Orofino City Park.

   Even though we had lived 42 miles apart for years we never knew the other existed until our chance meeting Dec. 2006 at the Mexican restaurant meeting in Orofino.  

   It appears, Arlene, dreams can still come true. Sorta like winning the lottery!

   Arlene was one of the first persons I met when I moved here in 1969. She was working as a psychiatric nurse at State Hospital North and I joined a county mental association group of which she was an officer. I recall we met at the Michigan Ave. home of the late Katherine Schlader.

   Arlene and I were both young then. Working wives and mothers. She had four young sons, Chris, John, Scott and Skip. I had three young daughters, Lynette, Diane and Marcie. Arlene had auburn hair (natural, I think) and mine was dyed red!

   Long ago Arlene moved from Orofino to Arizona and divides her time now between that state and Iowa. I have never forgotten her. She made an impression on me. A few of the attendees at these meetings called me Lois Lane from the Superman comics.

   When I attended these meeting I was looking for a few answers of my own and have learned the answers down through the years simply by living life.

   A few of the things I know now that I didn’t know then are:

   A person should never get married at age 18 thinking it will last forever because chances are it won’t. People change with maturity.

   A woman should never try to take care of someone else until she learns to take care of herself.

   She needs to get her education and career before becoming Mrs. Anybody.       

   Base your behavior on logic not emotions. Emotions change. Logic doesn’t.

   Try to stay humble. According to the Good Book pride goes before a fall.

    Live your life according to the Ten Commandments, which are there to keep a person safe not spoil their fun.

   Remember the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

   Try to have at least one amazing daughter, three is even better!

   I’m sure Arlene and persons reading this column could add a few thought of their own to this list. Things they’ve learned along life’s rocky journey.

   Quote: Knowledge becomes wisdom only after it has been put to practical use.