The Mason Gospel Church Youth and their church families celebrated Grandparents Thank You Day and Mason's 150 years as a community on Saturday, October 11.
As the youth met the grandparents at their transportation, you saw Indians, Old West lawmen, girls promenading in their long dresses and bustles, church going attire from the 40s that always included a hat for the ladies, flapper dresses from the time of the roaring 20s, June Cleaver showed up in her quite little housedress that barely skimmed her knees. The excitement of everyone was spontaneous.
Margie Wilson welcomed the grandparents and had granddaughter, Sydney, show the people her dress. It was the one Margie had worn 50 years ago at Mason's celebration then.
Caitlin Ross said the prayer before lunch. It was now time to dig in to the wonderful turkey and dressing meal catered by Zavala's Restaurant.
The youth (parents now) who helped begin the tradition 27 years ago returned with their children to help our youth of today serve the meal. Helpers as young as four and five carefully carried their plates to the designated places with a very satisfied smile.
After lunch, John Copeland read a list of Mason County's Country Schools and encouraged the people to respond if that was their school.
Emma Gene Jackson touched on many residents of Mason, past and present, who contributed to making Mason the wonderful place we live in. Jane Hoerster was honored with yellow roses for all she has done to help record our history. Hazel Martin was recognized for her 87th birthday on this day and received red roses for her faithfulness in supporting children all these years.
The youth came in from the back building carrying the Christian, United States and Texas flags while singing "The King is in Residence." They sang several oldies and concluded with "We are the World." Their sponsors are Carolyn Copeland and Margie Wilson. The theme of Grandparents Day is Love and Respect. We pray they felt it from our people.
After the drawing fro the door prizes, the table centerpieces which were made up of produce grown in Mason County were distributed. The day concluded with the singing of "I am Blessed" led by Christine Cortez. This song is always included in this day's program to give praise to our Lord Jesus Christ for his blessings and love for all people and in honor of Hulda Tatcsch who always told us that song "touches the heart."
Our heartfelt thanks go to the grandparents who so faithfully come to support our kids each year.