Today was a wonderful celebration at Zwolle FBC. A reception honoring the lives of James Q. & Verlyn Salter was held this morning. They are very special people in my life and the lives of many others. They will soon be moving to Virginia to be close to other family members. How do you say “goodbye” to people that have been a part of your life for as long as you can remember? It is not easy knowing that you probably will not get to see them again this side of Heaven!
When I was a child we lived right next door to the Salters. We played in their yard with their children and visited their home (often having a snack of some kind given to us). I loved for “wash” day to come around. Mrs. Salter used a wringer washing machine… I had never seen that before. We would spend lots of time watching her do laundry on that machine! It was an amazing thing to watch. I’m sure she wanted to tell us “Go home!” but she never did.
When I was young they moved an oil rig onto the land right behind our houses and drilled. (Mr. Salter reminded me this morning that it was 1962 when the well was drilled.) The Salter kids set up a soft drink stand and sold soft drinks to the workers and those coming to sight see at the well. (Small town excitement… there was little else to entertain us in Zwolle! ) Actually, they probably got most of their business from my brothers and I!! It seems we were always going over to get a soft drink for a dime. Those were the days! When the rig moved and school started, I really missed having a soft drink stand next door.
Looking back, we were always at their house it seemed, or their kids were over at our house, playing softball in the back yard. The Salters always made us feel welcome at their house. Right after I turned 7 years old, my family moved out of town. I’m sure when we moved from that old house the Salters probably celebrated… no more pesky Rials kids bothering them!
Mr. and Mrs. Salter both played a very integral part in my spiritual growth. Both of them taught me in Sunday School at one time or another. Mr. Salter was the choir director for many years, and I loved singing under his leadership.
In addition, they both were teachers in the school system. I have been in classes under both of them. When I went into high school, Mr. Salter was our principal. When I began my teaching career at Zwolle Elementary, Mr. Salter was principal of that school. I really enjoyed working under him.
So how do you say “Goodbye” to someone so special. You don’t… you just say, “God speed, and I’ll see you in Heaven! May the rest of your days be blessed, may each step of this move go smoothly, and may you really enjoy being close to your family!”
Love to you both for all you have taught me through the years!