Every night after the work was finished, after table talk and the evening meal were complete; the family and sometimes neighbors gathered around on warm evenings, on the front porch.
This is where each person had the chance to relax, sit back, hum a song, play a guitar, pray, cry, laugh and love until it was time to go inside and get ready for bed. Two of the eldest daughters had been proposed to on the steps.
An announcement of the first grandchild was screamed and gathering of hands and holding each other over such good news were some of Grandpa and Grandma’s best memories.
SITTING ON THE PORCH
When we are young
There is no time
For sitting on the porch.
For listening to old folks
Tell about the past
Too boring for me.
When I grew up
I took the time
I sat on that porch.
Holding my baby
And my papa’s hand
Looking at my mama’s smile.
Twin brothers Ronald “Ronnie” Kray (24 October 1933 – 17 March 1995) and Reginald “Reggie” Kray (24 October 1933 – 1 October 2000) were English gangsters who were the foremost perpetrators of organized crime in the East End of London during the 1950s and 1960s. With their gang, the Firm, the Krays were involved in armed robberies, arson, protection rackets, assaults, and the murders of Jack “the Hat” McVitie and George Cornell.
As West End nightclub owners, they mixed with politicians and prominent entertainers such as Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland. The Krays were much feared within their milieu; in the 1960s, they became celebrities, even being photographed by David Bailey and interviewed on television.
They were arrested on 9 May 1968 and convicted in 1969, by the efforts of detectives led by Detective Superintendent Leonard “Nipper” Read. Both were sentenced to life imprisonment. Ronnie remained in Broadmoor Hospital until his death on 17 March 1995; Reggie was released from prison on compassionate grounds in August 2000, eight weeks before his death from cancer.
Reggie (left) and Ronnie Kray
|Born||24 October 1933
Hoxton, London, England
17 March 1995 (aged 61)
Wexham, Buckinghamshire, England
1 October 2000 (aged 66)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
|Cause of death||Heart attack (Ronnie)
|Other names||Ronnie & Reggie|
|Occupation||Club owners, gangsters|
|Criminal status||Both deceased|
Frances Shea (m. 1965; her death 1967)
Roberta Jones (m. 1997; his death 2000)
Elaine Mildener (m. 1985; div. 1989)
Kate Howard (m. 1989; div. 1994)
As you can see; the word I made up today is real. Kray is the word, and this is what I found. Wow, these two were something else!
When the phone rings
And you answer with hello
Do you wish it wouldn’t have rang
Because you are watching your favorite show?
When you hear the weary voice
Will you turn the TV off
Will you listen with both ears
Will you make the right choice?
We need to be encouragers
We are placed on earth to help
It’s our duty as a human
Of this I know for sure.
I am sitting here listening to Dr. Charles Stanley. It is on inadequacy. It perked my ears up in rabbit shape, as I feel that way too many times. I then pondered on what a negative thing it is to feel this way. What the Doctor said is,” When people feel inadequate, they remain closer to God”.
I really thought about this. I don’t want to feel that way about myself, but on the other hand, I do know that when I am confused, or anything but having a good day, I do tell God much more.
What I need to learn and do is whether I feel this way or am having a good day, everything is what I should be telling God. We thank him for our problems, and praise him for remaining close to us, because we know he will walk through each storm beside us.
The other thing I learned is how we treat others. Each of us, no matter what position or title, or wealth, or abundance of friends; we all want to be cared about. We should always, always, treat others as we want to be treated. It is God’s way, the only way.