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Nat'ral Truth cover

Below is a link to The Nat’ral Truth by Arch Warnock. We called him Grampie. My mother, Elsie, put it together with artwork by her brother, Reese. I remember watching some of the reel-to-reel recordings made in our living room on Calion Hwy. It took a little warming up from Mother to get Grampie to tell his stories. This little book has become a treasure for our family.

Beyond these tall tales that Grampie told, we collected family stories passed down over the years. Some are in writing, but many are passed along verbally. I would encourage families to tell stories of their childhood and what they remember about parents and grandparents. It’s comforting for children to know they’re part of a family’s story.

Click link to open the book: The Natural Truth by Arch Warnock Elsie Warnock Reese Kennedy 1970

Nat'ral Truth2

 

Sixty-Four Year Commitment: Congratulations to my parents on their anniversary.

Jimmy & Elsie Warnock enjoying fall colors at Artist Point

Jimmy & Elsie Warnock enjoying fall colors at Artist Point

My parents will have been married sixty-four years on March 10th.  After they married, my father went to the Korean War while my mother continued in school. When he returned, they built a life based on commitment and unconditional love. They went through hard times and good times. There would be childhood illnesses and challenging behavior to deal with from their teenage son, but they handled it all masterfully.

I’m sure they haven’t always been completely happy with each other and know for a fact that they can occasionally disagree. But, they’ve never considered abandoning their commitment to each other and their vows of marriage.

Congratulations to my mother and daddy on their sixty-fourth anniversary! Thank you for making sacrifices to provide for sister Martha and me and our families. We love you.

What follows are pictures that represent a few stages of my parents’ lives.

Writing letters to Elsie from Korea

Writing letters to Elsie from Korea.

College days at Ouachita in Arkadelphia.

College days at Ouachita in Arkadelphia.

Jimmy & Elsie Warnock around 1953

Jimmy & Elsie Warnock around 1953

Mother and Daddy in 1956

Mother and Daddy in 1956

This is me trying to help my dad.

This is me trying to help my dad.

The front of Martha's birth announcement.

The front of Martha’s birth announcement.

Baby announcement that mother wrote for Martha. I appreciated her including me, but she probably should have added a statement of the kindness I would show to my new baby sister.

Martha's birth announcement.

Martha’s birth announcement.

Elsie's first year of teaching in South Texas.

Elsie’s first year of teaching in South Texas.

My parents set the example of working hard at their jobs. They didn’t miss work, and they were respected for their quality of work. Mother worked as a teacher for elementary, junior high and high school levels. She even worked in an early childhood program for special needs. Daddy taught a couple of years, but most of his work was as a chemist in oil refineries and later in pollution control. He was very interested in protecting the water table of the area.

Beyond their jobs, they managed to find time to be involved in church and volunteer for community organizations.

Daddy's work to protect water supplies in oil country.

Daddy’s work to protect water supplies in oil country.

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Vacation

My parents flanked by my sister, Martha, and me.

My parents flanked by my sister, Martha, and me.

Jimmy & Elsie Warnock celebrate 64 years of marriage on March 10th.

Jimmy & Elsie Warnock celebrate 64 years of marriage on March 10th.

The El Dorado News Times did a nice story about daddy’s early Valentine gift to mother and their lives together. They still pull this vase out and display it on special occasions.

Cliches of Teaching Still Relevant

Cliches of Teaching by Elsie Warnock

Cliches of Teaching by Elsie Warnock

My mother wrote this small book for me as a graduation gift in 1978.  It still sits on my office bookshelf and I have referred to it often during my time as a teacher and then principal.  I’m astonished at how relevant it has remained over the years.

I treasure this little book and have been concerned that there is no backup copy so I scanned the pages originally typed by my mother on her typewriter in 1978.  You may view the text from the following link.

Cliches of Teaching by Elsie Warnock

 

 

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