It was February of 1966 and I had just arrived at Toccoa Falls College to begin my second college experience. I entered the boys dorm named Forrest Hall and met the dorm parents, Mr. and Mrs. Troy Damron. Mr. Damron was the Dean of Students and Mrs. Damron, affectionately called “MOM” by the boys, was the dorm mother. She ran a tight ship and each of us appreciated her work.
In the hallway was the all hearing ear so that our conversations could be monitored and we had to clean our rooms every day because “Mom” would be around to inspect. But I didn’t mind that as I was preparing to be a minister of the gospel and follow Jesus for my life time on earth.
During the evening “Mom” would bake a cake or cakes and cook hot dogs and sell these to her boys. After all dinner was at 5:00 p.m. and by 9:00 p.m. it was snack time. And we all loved the cakes and hot dogs provided from her kitchen.
One day my room mate and I decided we would pull a prank on “Mom”. We didn’t make our beds, we left coca cola bottles on the floor, (a one point offense in that day) . I wrote a poem to her which began like this; “To us you are so very kind, our little jokes you do not mind, you make life so enjoyable here, your smiling face, your heart of cheer.” She was certainly an encourager. She took the poem but gave us points anyway. We had to work off the points at 30 minutes per point. We didn’t do that again.
At my retirement dinner she gave me the poem which she had kept for 45 years. WOW! I was astonished. This lady who had impacted hundreds of lives remembered and kept the poem. And now it is her 95 birthday. The family requested that I write another poem for her for the celebration on Saturday, March 9, 2013. And you know what, I did. This fine lady has been an encouragement and blessing to me for now 47 years. She has been like a hand print on my heart and she is my friend.
We all have stories like this and I would ask, have you told that person how much they mean to you, how much they have impacted your life over the years. Tell them before it is too late.
God Bless You.