He is 85 years old and has a wonderful southern accent. He is such a friendly and nice man!
When we moved in our home 16 years ago I was so happy when we met him and his beautiful wife Pauline.
He is one of those kind old gentlemen who are wonderful to have as neighbors. I never prayed about this, but it was one of those blessings from God that I'm so glad He gave to us without praying!
You see when I was a little girl, we had a very kind old man for a neighbor. His name was Mr. Cornett. I would often ride my bike up the street to Mr. and Mrs. Cornett's house and play. Mrs. Cornett would invite me in and let me play with her granddaughter's Barbies. Their home was always so warm and cozy and she seemed to always be cooking something that smelled delicious. Mr. Cornett was always so cheerful and friendly he seemed to always be outside puttering around in his yard. He always talked to me as though I was the most important person around!
I loved Mr. Cornett and I really wanted my kids to have the same type of neighbor to experience during their childhood.
I am writing this post because I want to always remember him. He has aged a lot since we moved in and his health has not been good.
I miss the days when we used to see him out almost daily riding his bike around the neighborhood.
He has given up bike riding and we occasionally will see him and Pauline taking a stroll around the neighborhood or working in their yard.
It's the circle of life and before you know it, Eric and I will be in our 70s and 80s and we'll be the old couple in the neighborhood.
I think we should look at it like a ministry. Mr. and Mrs. Cornette didn't even realize they we're helping shape my life with their kindness and for sharing bits of their world with me from a different generation.
And Hal doesn't even realize that he has done the same in my boy's lives. I pray that Eric and I will be like that some day and influence some young kids in the neighborhood! Our visits with Hal are fewer and further apart, but it is always so wonderful when they happen! I pray that the Lord will bless him and Pauline and keep them healthy and happy.
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. The second is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." Mark 12:30-31