When life throws you a curveball …

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Sharon Alley Calone

Well, rain in May. What a refreshing surprise! I’m told the reservoirs are full, there’s still snow on the mountain tops and the American River running past my cabin is roaring. We are blessed.

I took on the task of helping a dear friend recuperate from surgery. Not really knowing what this would require from me, I jumped in with both feet.

At first I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into. I’ve never been down this road before. To say I felt scared is an understatement. Having another person’s well-being under my supervision was frightening. Not entirely sure I’d be any good at this, I agreed to give it a try.

Oh, let’s not forget our other house guest, his furry friend, Shooter, his happy little terrier. My two dogs, Buddy and Molly, were thrilled with the sleepover arrangements. We taught Shooter how to gather eggs from our chickens, go for bike rides through the vineyard, catch a snake, chase lizards and swim.

Thankfully my husband can cook, and I mean COOK! Rich took one look at our new patient and before I knew it, spaghetti was cooking on the stove, bean soup was started in the Crock Pot, turkey sandwiches were made, and I’m happy to report my friend is gaining strength by the day. He’s also put on several pounds!

What has this experience taught me? We’re never too old to learn and God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, But mostly, I wasn’t my friend’s blessing, he was mine. His recovery and trust in me, well, words can’t describe.

My friend will go back home soon but the memories of our time healing together will stay etched in my heart forever. Giving is far more important than receiving. Every once in a while life throws us a curveball. Catch it, and you might be surprised by the outcome. I was. Hmm. Perhaps I missed my calling. Or not.

If you’re looking to cultivate some peace in your life, there’s no better place to visit than the newly dedicated World Peace Rose Garden at University Park in Stockton.

The garden is the product of months of work spearheaded by Sandy Huber. It joins others around the world as beautiful spaces that promote peace and understanding in our increasingly chaotic world.

We’re pleased to report the return of the San Joaquin Jr. Show and Auction and Ag Fest at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, June 13-18. Check out all the home grown livestock. These kids do amazing work.

The first Bacon festival is coming to Dell’Osso Family Farms in Lathrop. It’s Father’s Day weekend, June 18-19 and will feature Guy Fieri, chef, restaurateur and host of “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.” Take dad out and enjoy a day or two of bacon, beer and bands.

The Valley’s kickoff to summer is June 10-12 with Modesto’s American Graffiti Festival. It’s the greatest show of classic cars you’ve ever seen and a wonderful tribute the movie “American Graffiti.”

If you’ve never seen those beautifully restored cars parade through town, do yourself a favor and set aside Friday, June 10 and take your family. The parade starts downtown at 6:30 p.m. You’ll want to get there early.

The California primary is June 7. Make sure you get out and vote. There’s a lot riding on this election so exercise your right as an American citizen and vote.

God bless America,

Sharon Alley Calone


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