BILLY McCORD: As I see it


We have had some cold weather lately and I for one look forward to warmer days.
I cannot count the times that snow has been predicted for us and until Saturday morning we had missed it. Our “dusting” was light everywhere except the handicapped ramp that helped me into the house when I came home from the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a two-month stay.
During this time I had colon surgery to repair damage from diverticulitis. Ann reminded me while we were observing some past articles that Monday, Feb, 7, was the third anniversary of my admission to the hospital. It does not seem possible that this was three years ago but I am told this is correct. I was the star of the show and do not remember a single thing.
One thing I do remember is the number of people who joined my family in prayer before, during and following a most serious surgery.
My family can tell you that the surgeon told them it was an hour-by-hour situation and he could not promise anything. I do remember the day a lady from the Tupelo Post Office came to my room with a tall stack of cards and letters and said she wanted to see the man who got this much mail. I thanked her for coming and told her that without looking I could assure her that at least 99 percent of the cards and letters were prayer warriors and would would indicate such in their correspondence. She responded that was the main reason I was preparing to leave the hospital for home. I certainly agreed with her and do to this day. I am grateful that so many of you joined the prayer group for me. It is no wonder that you are my favorite group of people.
Last week I discussed newspapers and the Post Office eventually going out of business. I was discussing this with a man who was born and raised in Mississippi and, except for a stint in the U.S. Army, has always been in Mississippi. This man believes the argument he made and I respect his right to his opinion whether it agrees with mine or not.
Last week I told you about my love for newspapers and that I would be lost without a paper. I received a lot of comment about the article and almost all was determined to have a newspaper and Post Office, as one man put it, “Until I die.” Someone attending a conference for journalists in Mississippi came back from the meeting with good news. The news was that Mississippi had three new newspapers during the last year. Enjoy reading your paper and I am going to enjoy reading each one I receive each week and day. The best thing any of us can do to help newspapers keep coming our way is to get your news from the printed document.
A friend of mine sent me something that I think my readers will enjoy. I do not know the author’s name nor the name of the publication in which it may have appeared. Hope you enjoy the story.
Every year Smitty and wife, Martha, went to the State Fair. Every year Smitty would say, “Martha, I would like to ride that there airplane.”
Every year Martha would reply, “I know, Smitty, but that airplane ride cost ten dollars and ten dollars is ten dollars.”
This one year Smitty and Martha went to the fair and Smitty said, “Martha, I am 71 years old. If I don’t ride that airplane this year, I may never get another chance.”
Martha replied, “Smitty, that there airplane ride cost ten dollars and ten dollars is ten dollars.”
The pilot overheard them and said, “Folks, I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take you both up for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say one word, I won’t charge you, but if you say one word it’s ten dollars.”
Smitty and Martha agreed, and up they went.
The pilot performed all kinds of twists and turns, rolls and dives, but not one word was heard. He even did a nose dive, pulling up 15-feet above the ground, but still not a word.
They landed and the pilot turned to Smitty, “By golly, I did everything I could think of to get you to yell out but you didn’t.
Smitty replied, “Well, I was going to say something when Martha fell out, but ten dollars is ten dollars!”

Billy McCord is a retiree from DeSoto County Schools and is Pastor of Shady Grove United Methodist Church. He represents District 3 on the Calhoun County Board of Education. He has just been elected to continue leading the Calhoun County Board of Education as the President of the Board. Contact him at

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