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13 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana JIM and ANN CAVERA I've seen the elderly sitting t look in their eyes. It appeared as nothing to occupy their minds. Late- to get a new perspective hind as we age. We Were on vacation some years ago, we nursing home in Florida to visit Aunt then in her nineties. At the time, our e, wore her hair long and I once did at her age. As soon as eyes flew wide open. "Ann! reaching out she eagerly all the while that I had she remembered. Memory sus- Pal'adise found pended time in that moment. Aunt Lantie had always lived with her brother, who was my Uncle Arvis. I remember sitting on their back porch in Florida. We passed the time listening to Uncle Arvis spin yarns about picking cotton in Missis- sippi before the turn of the century. Uncle Arvis had tomato plants growing right up to his back doorstep. He chewed tobacco while he talked, stopping now and then to single out a plant with one of his long bony fingers. "That one," he would say, and then he nailed his target with a long true arc of tobacco juice. "Uncouth!" My mother cried. No video game ever provided a finer moment of entertainment. For the first 20 years of my life, we lived by the sea. Not long ago a television story about crab fishing off the coast of Georgia brought back vivid memories from those years. I closed my eyes and walked again along the shore at daybreak. The surf murmured at low tide while I carefully stepped barefoot around small beached jellyfish and gathered only the most perfectly formed flamingo colored shells. The morn- ing breeze off the surf tasted of salt while a lone seag- ull cried overhead then plunged sharply for breakfast. What a wonderful gift it is to pick and choose our memories the way we choose our favorite posses- sions. The fortunate among us who step around jelly- fish and hold onto exquisite shells have an eternal source of strength, joy and hope. On Good Friday, perfect obedience kept Christ on the Cross. I like to think that his memory of Paradise and perfect love sustained him in those darkest hours. When Christ turned to the thief and said, "This day you will be with me in paradise, he passed on his memory as hope. Mary wept with a broken heart, but surely strength came to her from the memory of a baby smiling in warm sweet hay. By memory, every- one is forever alive at the time we loved them the most. I no longer shake my head when someone I love slips away to a place I can't follow. Lately, it seems to me to be a particular blessing and a gift that as our bodies grow more limited, we have the strength of memories to take us to better times and places. m By ANN CAVERA ]ira and Ann Cavera live and work in Evansville. Their col- umn is a regular feature of the Message. IN CHEV TO. KRIGHTS insurance needed insurance million policy- in excess nsurance in force. Orders , we are in need of der qualified, even are needs analy- :1 this ly? an up-to-date regard- that all Provisions are OpPortunity I lpn hor and ' O6510 Jr, COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Auto! Home! Fire & Life! Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 1925 W. Franklin Street 425-3187 Visiting Nurse Plus, Inc. Supportive services that make a difference. VNP has provide a variety of supportive home health services to area families since 1982. Call us to review a video of our services. VISITING NURSE Evansville 610 E Walnut St. (812) 425-0853 Princeton 108 N First Ave. (812) 385-3717 00rt)nit00elbank RESTAURANT From southern German dishes to ,seaffxxt and steaks, dining at the "'Schnitz'" is onderful! Authentic decor plus prompt, friendly ser ice make The Schnilzelbank a dining eperience you  ill always remember. 393 3rd Avenue, Hwy. 162 South, Jasper (812) 482-2640 -- Fax: (812) 482-7687 Jbot on 00pot Catering ,rllntt tll|ank ttrmg is a totally equipped kitchen on heels for seing 20 to 20,(g(} guests the lie,.hest, hottest fcxKl txssible at any location. It i,; a per- fect choice for wedding receptions, out- ings, business meetings, ck ic function-, and other large gathenngs, Paul E. Nonte ] I Certified Public Accountant I '12W'5thSl"Jasper I a30urwtll .J_. Vonderburgh Co. 9d ! Rioht-To-Life474.3195 today t!00ank5 to Evansville, Indiana . your. _last will, and testament can be Count on us for an elaucnt statement What professional a#prctatcd rst m your hy.---" medical care, anytime 0feday or nlghL . beenest ta hdp educate pn'ests at ll _ Saint in.mi9 aeml'na/s ag_aad watt .;;:TES-_o, tham 9a faryaur Faith.arid ta ..,,,,,,o..,.,.(,,,),.,,o,,,o, oJal/aw i JOHN MANGIN Owner The Decorating Corner 21 East South Washington, IN 47501 Ilu,ne*, ;/54 779i }lomb" .4 37 H i|1 r i pass #on Iv those wh yom_)